Pat Borthwick and Kate Rhodes on 8th April 2008

Pat Borthwick was awarded a Hawthornden fellowship in 2003. She has published two full length collections, Between Clouds and Caves (Littlewood Arc, 1990) and Swim (Mudfrog, 2005). She is also the author of numerous pamphlets and her latest, Wave (Hearing Eye) was a prizewinner in the 2007 Templar poetry competition.

When I look through my telescope,
spiral galaxies and comets, planets,
things I cannot see, slide down the tube,
and, through the black hole in my iris, enter me.

(from A Reasonable Question for the Poet to Ask the Visiting Speaker on Optics at the Astronomical Society Meeting)

“This is a marvellous and marvellously enjoyable collection: clear-eyed, insightful, witty and often moving. Whether writing about the man who collects teapots or the couple with their Monet, whether visiting a geriatric ward or 'passing on the tickle', Pat Borthwick's writing manages to stay surprising and assured’.” – Peter Sansom



Like Pat, Kate Rhodes has been awarded a Hawthornden fellowship for her work. Her poems have appeared in The Guardian and The Independent on Sunday, and she won third place in the 2007 Bridport Prize. Enitharmon published Kate’s first full collection, Reversal in 2005. The book moves confidently across an eclectic range of subjects from a portrait of Alfred Wallis to a one-to-one dialogue with Damien Hirst's shark, all written in a style that Don Paterson commends as "pared to the bone, elegant and precise."

“honest, direct, and deeply moving” (Jo Shapcott)

“powerful images combined with a real freshness and clarity of language” (Peter Forbes)

Kate’s second collection The Alice Trap will be published by Enitharmon later this year.

The event also features short poem floor spots, books for sale and a licensed bar. Doors open at 7:30pm.