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Songs for the Unsung – an evening of poetry
June 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Come and enjoy an evening of poetry
with Ann Alexander, Joy Howard, Merryn Williams and Pat Winslow. 6.30 – 8pm
SONGS FOR THE UNSUNG
Unremarked, overlooked, alienated, disadvantaged, marginalised, often despised. But the unsung represented here have lived life with the odds stacked against them – with greater or lesser success, but with courage and humanity.
‘They are everywhere. They curl on streets in quiet blankets, wait at borders, work in cabbage fields, staff hospitals by night. They can be unheard, unseen. But when you read the generous and eloquent poems in this anthology, they are no longer the unsung.’ Alison Brackenbury
‘This beautiful compilation illuminates lives of the unseen and unheard, unheeded and, at times, hated. Here is a migrant child making sense of insults, here someone kind meeting a stranger and listening. We are blessed witnesses, guided gently out of grey apathy, towards understanding. And those words. They sound like intonations, not to the careless gods above, but to the humanity within each of us.’ Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
At Kenilworth Books we work hard to support small publishers and independent presses – these are the companies that enable us to offer our customers exciting new material, not just the same stock that you’d find anywhere!
Grey Hen is a small independent press which publishes poetry by older women, concentrating in the first instance on producing themed anthologies. These showcase the particularity of women’s voices, and give less well-known poets the opportunity of having their work published alongside that of established writers.
The aim of the press is to collect and share some of today’s exciting new work by older women; work that is perhaps not being taken up by mainstream publishers. For older women, it’s often the case that it is difficult to build up a publishing history in the expected way. Time is not on our side.
But though an older woman may not have years to play with before becoming an “overnight success”, she does have a special perspective – a lot of years and experience on which to reflect. Serious stuff – but again and again we find the sharpest of observations, leavened with a wicked sense of humour. Older women have a lot to say, and they say it with style!