In collaboration with the Centre for New Writing and the Creative Manchester project, for the last month or so I have been working on a podcast series called the Rylands Brief. The podcast showcases the poets and poems in the Carcanet Press exhibition, which was due to open in March 2020. The week that the exhibition was installed, the Rylands closed owing to the ongoing pandemic, and the exhibition remains as yet unvisited.
The first episode is a conversation with Carcanet Managing Editor Michael Schmidt, where he pays tribute to the life and work for poet Eavan Boland, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Listen to episode 1 here.
In the second, I talk to Stella Halkyard, one of my predecessors as Carcanet archivist, and longtime contributor to Carcanet’s poetry journal, PN Review. Stella met several of the poets featured in the exhibition and tells wonderful stories about Les Murray and Christine Brooke-Rose. Listen to episode 2 here.
All feedback is welcomed, I am new to the world of podcasts, but I hope to improve as the series progresses!