Event 42 | PJ Harvey | Orlam


PJ Harvey – Orlam

 PJ Harvey needs no introduction. In her book Orlam, drawing on rituals, children’s songs, chants and superstitions of the rural West Country, 9 year old Ira-Abel creates the twin realm through which she can make sense of an increasingly confusing and frightening world. The result is a poem-sequence of light and shadow. Written in Dorset dialect, Orlam reveals PJ Harvey as not only a talented songwriter, but a gifted poet – whose formal skill, and transforming eye and ear, has produced a strange and moving poem like no other.

In conversation with Greta Stoddart

£28 2 course dinner

When: Saturday 12th November 2022 @ 6.00pm
Where: Sladers Yard


PJ Harvey was born in Dorset in 1969. Her debut poetry collection, The Hollow of the Hand, was created in collaboration with photographer Seamus Murphy.   Harvey was awarded an MBE for services to music as well as an Honorary Degree in Music from Goldsmiths University. She has received numerous Grammy Award nominations, has scored music for several tv, film and theatrical productions, and is the only artist to have won the Mercury Prize twice with her albums Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea and Let England Shake. 


Born in Oxfordshire in 1966 Greta Stoddart grew up in Belgium and Oxford. She studied Drama at Manchester University and acting at the Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris.   In 1990 Greta returned to the UK where she lived in London for 17 years, co-founding the theatre company Brouhaha.  In 2001 Anvil Press published her first poetry collection At Home in the Dark which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and has been publishing ever since.  Greta began teaching at Morley College in London before going on to teach at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She then become a Poetry Fellow at Warwick.  Greta lives in Devon and teaches seminars for the Poetry School in Exeter, Axminster and Bridport.


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