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Book Launch: How to Carry Fire

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Book Launch: How to Carry Fire

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Christina Thatcher's second poetry collection How to Carry Fire on 6 April at The Gate, Keppoch Street, Cardiff. There will be a reading and Q&A as well as music by Steven Kenward (a.k.a. The Warden) who will be playing songs based on the collection. Free entry, all welcome. 7.30pm.

How to Carry Fire was born from the ashes of family addiction. Beginning with the burning down of her childhood home, Thatcher explores how fire can both destroy and cleanse. Her work recognises embers everywhere: in farmhouses, heroin needles, poisonous salamanders.

Thatcher reveals how fire is internalised and disclosed through anxiety, addiction, passion and love. Underneath and among the flames runs the American and Welsh landscapes – locations which, like fire itself, offer up experiences which mesmerise, burn and purify. This poignant second collection reminds us of how the most dangerous and volatile fires can forge us – even long after the flames have died down.

Shortlisted for the Bare Fiction Debut Poetry Collection Competition in 2015 and a winner in the Terry Hetherington Award for Young Writers in 2016, Christina Thatcher’s poetry and short stories have featured in over 50 publications including The London Magazine, Planet Magazine, And Other Poems, Acumen and The Interpreter’s House. Her first collection, More than you were, was published by Parthian Books in 2017.

A CASH ONLY bookshop will be operating on the night and Christina will be happy to sign copies! Please bring cash!

 


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