Cork Poetry Festival: Lila Matsumoto & Martha Sprackland

8.30pm, Cork Arts Theatre | Tickets €5 

Lila Matsumoto’s poetry publications include Two Twin Pipes Sprout Water (Prototype), which is a Winter 2021 Poetry Book Society Recommendation, Urn & Drum (Shearsman), Soft Troika (If a Leaf Falls Press) and Allegories from my Kitchen (Sad Press).
She plays in the bands Food People and Cloth and teaches creative writing and poetics at the University of Nottingham.

Buy Two Twin Pipes Sprout Water from Prototype Publishing and visit the poet’s website.

“A real quantum strangeness abounds in Lila Matsumoto’s poems – actual glimpses of life’s fast-running plurality, all the sprouting impressions and perspectives, in misleadingly tidy sentences that unfold like intricate inventions.” — Sam Riviere

Martha Sprackland is an editor, writer and translator from the north of England. She was co-founder–editor of Cake magazine, multilingual arts zine La Errante and the independent publishing house Offord Road Books. Previously an editor at Faber and Poetry London, she is now poetry editor for CHEERIO Publishing. Following two pamphlets, Glass As Broken Glass (Rack, 2017) and Milk Tooth (Rough Trade Books, 2018), Martha’s debut collection of poems, Citadel (LUP, 2020) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Costa Poetry Award and the John Pollard International Poetry Prize. She is currently writing fiction.

Buy Citadel from LUP and visit the poet’s website.

“Martha Sprackland’s poems are virtuosic in their timing, texture, and detailed evocation. From poems of the hospital to poems of the shore, this is a fierce and fresh debut that rings with courage and intelligence. Citadel will seize you by the heart and lead you into deep and resonant territories, and when you return you will find yourself changed, strange to yourself, and wondrously enriched.” — Fiona Benson

Patrick Cotter (moderator) is an Irish poet, born in Cork City where he still lives and works. His poems have been published in journals such as the Financial Times, The London Review of Books, Poetry and Poetry Review. He is a recipient of the Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry. His poems have been translated into over a dozen languages and he has given readings of his work across the Northern Hemisphere. Sonic White Poise is his third full-length collection.

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This event takes place as part of the Cork Poetry Festival. Full details on the line-up here.