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Isabel Galleymore, Significant Other: Book Launch

  • Medicine Gallery 71 New Street Birmingham, England, B2 4DU United Kingdom (map)

Please join us for the Birmingham launch of Isabel Galleymore's debut collection, Significant Other, with an evening of celebratory readings from Isabel, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett and Richard O'Brien. Copies of the book will be available to buy. Please let us know you can make it by reserving a free Eventbrite ticket.

In her first book of poems, Isabel Galleymore takes a sustained look at the ‘eight million differently constructed hearts’ of species currently said to inhabit Earth. These are part of the significant other of her title; so too are the intimacies – loving, fraught, stalked by loss and extinction – that make up a life. The habit of foisting human agendas on non-human worlds is challenged. Must we still describe willows as weeping? In the twenty-first century, is it possible to be ‘at one’ with nature? The poems reflect on our desire to locate likeness, empathy and kinship with our environments, whilst embracing inevitable difference. As the narratives belonging to animal fables, Doomsday Preppers and climate change deniers are adapted, new metaphors are found that speak of both estrangement and entanglement. Drawing at times from her residency in the Amazon rainforest, Galleymore delves into a world of pink-toed tarantulas, the erotic lives of barnacles, and caged owls that behave like their keepers. The human world revises its own measure in the light of these poems.

Isabel Galleymore’s debut pamphlet, Dazzle Ship, was published by Worple Press in 2014. Her work has featured in magazines including Poetry, the London Review of Books and in New Poetries VII. In 2016 she was a poet-in-residence at the Tambopata Research Centre in the Amazon rainforest. In 2017 she received an Eric Gregory Award. She teaches at the University of Birmingham.

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is a UK poet and academic who curates ecopoetics exhibitions. She is the author of a collection on wild swimming, swims (Penned in the Margins, 2017), and the forthcoming Dictionary of the Soil.

Richard O’Brien is the Birmingham Poet Laureate. He is the author of three poetry pamphlets and a playwright, as well as teaching Fellow in Shakespeare and Creativity at the University of Birmingham, where he also studied for an MA and PhD with the Shakespeare Institute.