Sylvia Plath Literary Festival
21st - 23rd October 2022
Hebden Bridge & Heptonstall
The blood jet is poetry, / There is no stopping it.
Sylvia Plath Literary Festival
21st - 23rd October 2022
Hebden Bridge & Heptonstall
The blood jet is poetry, / There is no stopping it.

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Sarah Hesketh


Sarah Hesketh is a writer and editor. She is the author of the poetry collections Napoleon’s Travelling Bookshelf (Penned in the Margins, 2009) and The Hard Word Box (Penned in the Margins, 2014), and the editor of The Emma Press Anthology of Age (2015). She has been an Artist in Residence with Age Concern and The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. She has served as co-Artistic Director of Winchester Poetry Festival and on the Poetry and Spoken Word Committee of the Society of Authors. She currently lives in London and works as Managing Editor for Modern Poetry in Translation.

I’ll mainly be reading from a new work in progress called N+Motherhood. This is a series of poetic texts that uses classic poetic, particularly avant-garde techniques as a way of interrogating and exploring the experience of motherhood. My previous collections of work are published by Penned in the Margins. (

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‘Sarah Hesketh fields lines which are beautiful and brittle … and crystal-sharp visions of lives defined by a mixture of desperation and hope, frailty and strength.’
Jon Stone

Hesketh is determined to fuse word and thing into an integrated experience… A voice that is distinctive, smart and reaching for a mode of expression both disciplined and elliptical.
Graham High, Tears in the Fence

Shivanee Ramlochan

Shivanee Ramlochan is a Trinidadian writer. Her first book of poems, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting (Peepal Tree Press, 2017) was a finalist for the People’s Choice T&T Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the 2018 Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Continue Reading

Mona Arshi

Mona Arshi’s debut collection Small Hands won the Forward Prize for best first collection in 2015. Her second collection Dear Big Gods was published in 2019 (both books published by Liverpool University Press’s Pavilion Poetry list). Continue Reading

Di Beddow

Di Beddow is a mother, feminist and socialist. Her academic work arises from her PhD thesis at Queen Mary University London and she has published work in the Ted Hughes Society Journal, @sylviaplathinfo, the British Library and Emory blogs. Continue Reading

Denise Saul

Denise Saul is the author of two pamphlets. White Narcissi (Flipped Eye Publishing) was Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and House of Blue (Rack Press) was PBS Pamphlet Recommendation. She is the recipient of Poetry Society’s Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for her poem ‘Leaving Abyssinia’. Her first full-length collection, The Room Between Us (Pavilion Poetry) is Poetry Book Society’s Summer recommendation 2022. Continue Reading

Rory Waterman

Rory Waterman’s full-length collections, all published by Carcanet, are: Tonight the Summer’s Over (2013), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for a Seamus Heaney Award; Sarajevo Roses (2017), which was shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Prize for Second Collections; and Sweet Nothings (2020). Continue Reading

Karen Kukil

Karen Kukil is an international authority on Sylvia Plath. She edited the unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (2000) and co-edited a two-volume edition of The Letters of Sylvia Plath for Faber and Faber (2017–18). Her scholarly chapters on Plath appear in The Bloomsbury Handbook to Sylvia Plath (2022) and Sylvia Plath in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Continue Reading

Amanda Golden

Amanda Golden is Associate Professor of English at New York Institute of Technology. She recently co-edited The Bloomsbury Handbook to Sylvia Plath (2022) with Anita Helle and Maeve O’Brien. Golden is also the author of Annotating Modernism: Marginalia and Pedagogy from Virginia Woolf to the Confessional Poets (2020) and editor of This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton (2016). Continue Reading

Daniel Fraser

DANIEL FRASER is a poet from Hebden Bridge, now living in West Cork. His work has been published widely in print and online, including: Acumen, Anthropocene Poetry, Magma, London Magazine, Poetry Birmingham, The Adroit Journal and Firmament. He has been a prize-winner in several poetry competitions including the London Magazine Poetry Prize and the Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry. Continue Reading

Taylor Campbell

I became involved as a volunteer with the Sylvia Plath Literary Festival whilst looking for opportunities involving literature and the arts during my gap year, before continuing my studies (hopefully) at the University of Edinburgh next year. As soon as I heard about the festival I knew i had to get involved, as I have loved Plath’s work ever since first reading the Bell Jar when I was fourteen. Continue Reading

Cathleen Allyn Conway

Cathleen Allyn Conway is a poet, journalist, and scholar at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is completing her doctoral studies on intersections of Sylvia Plath and the Gothic in experimental poetics. She publishes scholarship on Plath as well as the Gothic, and is the author of Static Cling (Dancing Girl Press, 2012), All the Twists of the Tongue (Grey Book Press, 2018), American Ingénue (Broken Sleep Books, 2021) and the forthcoming Bloofer (Broken Sleep Books, 2023). Continue Reading

Dave Haslam

Dave Haslam is a Manchester-based writer, DJ, broadcaster who made his name in the 1980s DJing at the Hacienda club in Manchester and writing in publications including ‘NME’ and ‘The Face’. Subsequently, his journalism has appeared in ‘The Guardian’, ‘The New Statesman’ and the ‘London Review of Books’. Continue Reading

Victoria Kennefick

Victoria Kennefick’s debut poetry collection, Eat or We Both Starve (Carcanet Press, 2021), won the Seamus Heaney First Collection Poetry Prize 2022 and the Dalkey Book Festival Emerging Writer of the Year 2022. In 2021, it was shortlisted for both the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Costa Poetry Book Award. It was a book of the year in The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Telegraph, The Sunday Independent and The White Review. Continue Reading

Susan Wicks

Susan Wicks has published eight collections of poetry, most recently Dear Crane (Bloodaxe, 2021). Her first, Singing Underwater (Faber, 1992) won the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize, and her third, The Clever Daughter (Faber, 1996) was a Poetry Book Society Choice and shortlisted for both T.S.Eliot and Forward Prizes. Continue Reading

Clare Pollard

Clare Pollard has published five collections of poetry with Bloodaxe, most recently Incarnation and a pamphlet The Lives of the Female Poets, published by Bad Betty Press. She has been involved in numerous translation projects, including co-translating The Sea-Migrations by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf (Bloodaxe, 2017) which received a PEN Translates award and was Sunday Times Poetry Book of the Year. Continue Reading

Heidi James

Heidi James is the author of critically acclaimed novels Wounding, So the Doves (a Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month) and The Sound Mirror. She won The Saboteur Award for her novella, The Mesmerist’s Daughter and was a finalist in The Cinnamon Poetry Collection Prize. Continue Reading

Sharon Duggal

Sharon Duggal writes novels and short stories. Her second novel Should We Fall Behind (2020) was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s 2021 Encore Award, selected for Between the Covers, BBC television’s flagship book show and chosen as a Prima Magazine Book of the Year. Her debut, The Handsworth Times was The Morning Star’s ‘Fiction Book of the Year’ 2016 and selected as the Brighton City Reads choice for 2017. Continue Reading

Naush Sabah

Naush Sabah is Editor and Publishing Director of Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal. She is a trustee at Poetry London and visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University. Her writing has appeared in the TLS, The Poetry Review, PN Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Dark Horse, and elsewhere. Continue Reading

Simon Manfield

Simon Manfield is an artist and bookseller based in Todmorden, West Yorkshire. His arts practice is concerned with the process of drawing and uses themes of memory and narrative, presence and absence, and looks at humanity and its place in the landscape. The drawing projects, Memoria Histórica and Orcadians: Seven Impromtus have seen success through exhibitions held both nationally and abroad. Continue Reading

Judith Willson

Judith Willson lives in Hebden Bridge. She has been a teacher, and subsequently worked in publishing for many years as an editor. Her poetry has been published in magazines and anthologies. In 2018 she collaborated with the artist Heather Boxall to create an installation based on a book of colour swatches. Continue Reading

Anna Chilvers

Anna Chilvers is the author of three novels East Coast Road (2020), Tainted Love (2016) and Falling Through Clouds (2010) (all Bluemoose Books), as well as a collection of short stories, Legging It (2012, Pennine Prospects). Continue Reading

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