Unfortunately, Melanie Penycate is unable to join us on the Sunday afternoon of the Writers’ Retreat so Denise Bennett has kindly stepped in. Denise will talk to us about her life as a poet and will also read some sea-inspired poems from her collection, Planting The Snow Queen, which was published earlier this year.
Denise Bennett was born in Southsea and now lives in nearby Havant. Since childhood, poetry has always been her first love and the connection between spirituality and words is often a strong theme in her work.
As well as having an MA in creative writing (poetry) and running poetry workshops and creative writing classes in community settings, Denise is secretary of Portsmouth Poetry Society. Her work has appeared in many magazines including: Acumen, Envoi, Equinox, Gabriel, The Interpreter’s House, Other Poetry, South, Smoke et al, Quaker Monthly and Staple. Her pamphlet collection American Dresses was published by Flarestack in 2001.
In 2004 her poem Changing Shape was awarded the inaugural prize for the best poem contributed to The Poetry Society Newsletter. Last year her poem Planting The Snow Queen won first prize in the Rhyme and Reason poetry competition and has become the title poem of her first full length collection published by Oversteps Books in April 2011.
Denise regularly reads at Tongues&Grooves music and poetry club in Southsea and at the twice yearly readings given by South magazine (she was featured poet in issue 21). Most recently, she has been a co-editor of This Island City – Portsmouth in Poetry. She is currently working on her second full length collection and a series of poems about The Foundling Hospital in London.
To listen to Denise’s reading on Sunday 28th August, 2011, you will need either a ticket for the Writers’ Retreat weekend or a day ticket for the Sunday, available from £75. Please contact Katy@ChichesterCopywriter.co.uk for more details.