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Nancy Mattson @ Greenbelt Festival, Monday 29th of August

Nancy Mattson will be reading poetry from her latest collection this coming Monday at Cheltenham’s Greenbelt Festival. Mattson’s performance, “A Dream of Utopia in Soviet Karelia”, tells of Mattson’s search for her Finnish great-aunt, who disappeared in Karelia in the 1930s alongside many other American Finns who moved to the area with the dream of establishing a Socialist Utopia. Mattson’s poetry presents a search for meaning and motive alongside a highly personal journey into both family- and world-history.

“A Dream of Utopia in Soviet Karelia” will take place at 10am, Monday 29th of August at The Hub (Cheltenham Racecourse)

For more information see Nancy Mattson’s pages on the Greenbelt and Flambard Press websites

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Sheree Mack at Tynemouth Library tomorrow night

“I can picture him
at the bathroom mirror
clipping his close-knit Afro,
patting it down, trying to see
his handywork from all angles.”
– Sheree Mack, “Coup d’Etat”

Sheree Mack will be reading poems from her latest collection Family Album tomorrow at Tynemouth Library. A lively and engaging reader, Mack’s poetry looks at the complexities of family history in a style full of energy and light. Her work is also deeply concerned with the processes of migration and journeying, drawn from her own international heritage.

The daughter of a Trinidadian father and a Geordie mother of Bajan and Ghanaian parentage, born in Bradford and raised in Newcastle, Sheree Mack is a poet with intimate ties on both a local and international scale that are expressed through her examination of the past and the people that have formed her identity.

“Poems that do not flinch from the conflicts and inconsistencies of family bonds”
– Cynthia Fuller

Tynemouth Library
7pm, Thursday 18th August
£3 entry, including a glass of wine
Bookings: 01916432087

More information on Family Album is available on the Flambard Press website