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Bards at Bookends – Claire Askew and Katie Hale

An evening of poetry


Join Bookends on Thursday 2nd May for an evening of poetry with Cumbrian poets and novelists Claire Askew and Katie Hale.


Two Cumbrian writers who are both novelists and poets read from their latest collections at our next poetry evening.
Katie Hale discusses her latest publication ‘White Ghosts’, a poetry collection which explores Katie’s own maternal legacy and its entanglement with America’s history of immigration, white privilege, and slavery and what that means for the contemporary women standing at the end of the maternal line.
Claire Askew will be reading from ‘How to Burn a Woman’, a collection which celebrates witches, outsiders, and women who do not fit the ordinary moulds of the world and traces the historical atrocities towards them. More generally it is an investigation of the power of oppressive systems and their hold over those within them.


Tickets are £5 and include a drink on the night.