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Iona Glen meets award-winning poet, Polly Atkin, to discuss her recent biography Recovering Dorothy, how Dorothy Wordsworth’s illness has been overlooked in academic scholarship, the marginalisation of those with chronic ill health, poems as time machines and much more.
Read More “An interview with award-winning poet Polly Atkin in Grasmere: ‘When is a cloud lonely in the Lake District?’”
Hannah Hodgson’s latest collection of poetry, 163 Days, powerfully bridges the gap between body and mind, the lived experience of disability and the medical establishment’s version of it, writes our reviewer Clare Moore.
Read More “My Body is a Word Search: A Review of Hannah Hodgson’s 163 Days”
Dorothy Wordsworth’s journals shine with moonlight and rain-washed landscapes, but did her later illness inhibit such vision? No, writes Iona Glen, who, when considering the poetry and criticism of Polly Atkin, sees Wordsworth’s creativity flourish in her periods of ill health.
Read More “Rain & Moonlight: Weathering with Dorothy Wordsworth and Polly Atkin by Iona Glen”