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Poetry to the Power of Three, Saturday 28th February 10.30am – 12.30pm

This Saturday morning at the Morrab Library, three Poets read from their three new pamphlets:

Katrina Naomi reads from Hooligans

Penelope Shuttle reads from In the Snowy Air

Alice Kavounas reads from Thin Ice

Katrina Naomi

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Katrina is a poet, tutor and poetry mentor. Her latest publication is Hooligans, a pamphlet inspired by the Suffragettes, Rack Press. Her collection The Way the Crocodile Taught Me will be published by Seren in 2016.

Her poetry has appeared in ‘The TLS’, ‘The Poetry Review’, ‘The Spectator’, and on Radio 4. She received a PhD in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths in 2014 and an award from the Royal Literary Fund. She is a 2015 Hawthornden Fellow.

Katrina’s first full collection, The Girl with the Cactus Handshake, was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award and received an Arts Council England writer’s award. Katrina is a previous winner of the Templar Poetry Competition. She is a lecturer at Falmouth University.

Katrina Naomi’s poems are fresh and surprising…with their sharp diction, salt tang, blend of dark and light, and their unexpected last lines – Roddy Lumsden

Penelope Shuttle

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‘In my poetry I give primacy to the breath. For me it is the way the poem breathes that gives it form.’

Penelope Shuttle has lived in Cornwall since 1970, is the widow of the poet Peter Redgrove, and has a grown-up daughter Zoe, who works in the field of sustainable energy. Her first collection of poems, The Orchard Upstairs (1981) was followed by six other books from Oxford University Press, The Child-Stealer (1983), The Lion from Rio (1986), Adventures with My Horse (1988), Taxing the Rain (1994), Building a City for Jamie (1996) and Selected Poems 1980-1996 (1998), and then A Leaf Out of His Book (1999) from Oxford Poets/Carcanet, and Redgrove’s Wife (2006) and Sandgrain and Hourglass (2010) from Bloodaxe Books. Redgrove’s Wife was shortlisted for both the Forward Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2006. Sandgrain and Hourglass is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her latest book, Unsent: New & Selected Poems 1980-2012(Bloodaxe Books, 2012), is drawn from ten collections published over three decades plus a new collection, Unsent. First published as a novelist, her fiction includes All the Usual Hours of Sleeping (1969), Wailing Monkey Embracing a Tree (1973) and Rainsplitter in the Zodiac Garden (1977). With Peter Redgrove, she is co-author of The Wise Wound: Menstruation and Everywoman (1978) and Alchemy for Women: Personal Transformation Through Dreams and the Female Cycle (1995), as well as a collection of poems, The Hermaphrodite Album (1973), and two novels, The Terrors of Dr Treviles: A Romance (1974) and The Glass Cottage: A Nautical Romance (1976). Shuttle’s work is widely anthologised and can be heard on The Poetry Archive Website. Her poetry has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4, and her poem ‘Outgrown’ was used recently in a radio and television commercial. She has been a judge for many poetry competitions, is a Hawthornden Fellow, and a tutor for the Poetry School. She is current Chair of the Falmouth Poetry Group, one of the longest-running poetry workshops in the country. In the Snowy Air marks a change of direction in Penelope Shuttle’s work – shifting from elegy to explorations of cities – both actual and metaphoric. The significant impetus for this sequence of poems is a guided walk led by poet Tom Chivers on a cold February afternoon in 2013. Tom took a group along the route of the long-buried ‘lost’ Walbrook River, from Shoreditch to its outflow in the Thames near Canon Street Station This walk in sleet and icy winds inspired the title poem —’In the Snowy Air’.

The poetry of Penelope Shuttle, spanning a successful 30-year writing career, conjures a world where the ordinary and the everyday are realised and enlivened through myth, magic and fantasy.


Alice Kavounas

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Alice is a poet as well as creator of the new app, Words in Air. Her latest publication, Thin Ice, follows Ornament of Asia, both from Shearsman. 

Ornament of Asia speaks with disciplined eloquence of familiar territory: the poet’s early years in Manhattan, her current home in Cornwall, her father’s native Greece.” (Natalie Pollard, TLS)

Born in Manhattan to Greek parents, Alice read English Literature at Vassar. She lives on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, following an intensely urban life in NY and London, teaches via the Poetry School, London, and is married to British historian Frederick Taylor. Over the years, her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Out of Fashion (selected by Carol Ann Duffy, Faber), Poems and Reading for Funerals(selected by Julia Watson, Penguin), Acumen, New England Review / Bread Loaf Quarterly, London Magazine, LRB, Magma, PN Review, The TLS, as well as broadcast on the BBC and ABC. Her short stories have been published in Granta and London Magazine.

Alice is working virtually, from the Lizard, buildingWords in Air, this unique poetry-in-place app, with Seattle-based developer John Kennedy. Available on the iOS platform,. for both iPhone and iPad, Words in Air maps a poem’s source of inspiration. You can enjoy great poems, contemporary and classic, in the precise place which sparked the poet’s inspiration. A world of poetry instantly in the palm of your hand. 

Thin Ice takes the reader on an odyssey of the imagination, with poems whose sources range from a childhood in Maine, to NYC of the Vietnam era, to our paranoid post-9/11 world. There is a measure of relief in the quotidian pleasures of our beleaguered natural environment, whether from a terrace on a Greek island, or the poet’s garden in Cornwall. Thin Ice follows Alice Kavounas’ earlier collections, Ornament of Asia, and The Invited.


Easter Hours & World Book Night Events

Please note that the Library will close at 4pm on Thursday 17th April and re-open after the Easter weekend on Tuesday 22nd April at 10am

To celebrate World Book Night on Wednesday 23rd April the Morrab Library will be giving away 100 free books between 12.00 and 3.30pm. Come along and collect your book and take a look at a selection of interesting and unusual books that will be on sale.

At 2.30pm local author Mark Penrose will launch his book “Apologise Later ” – a biography of Hollywood actor Robert Newton, who grew up in West Cornwall.

Hope to see you!

A4 World Book Night 23 April copy

Book + Postcard Fair 2013

Book Fair flyer_A3The Morrab Library will host our annual book and postcard fair in St. John’s Hall, Penzance on Saturday 21st September 2013 from 10am until 4pm.

This well-established and popular event will again see many booksellers and dealers from throughout the South West manning their stalls of new, second-hand and antiquarian books.

This year the Morrab Library will have an additional table entirely devoted to books about Cornwall.

It is a wonderful opportunity for people to rummage and browse through thousands of books, pamphlets and postcards and met friends. This is the place to find new interests and possibly that wonderful book, which you read so many years ago, and then forgot the title and the author!

Light refreshments will be available throughout the day and, as usual, there will be a raffle.

If you love books then this is the place to be, and to be seen, on Saturday 21st of September.

PLEASE NOTE: As a result of the fair the Library will be closed on Saturday 21st September. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Hope to see you at St John’s Hall!

Wednesday Lectures 2013-2014

Below is a list of forthcoming talks for our Wednesday Lecture Series.


Wednesday 9th October, 2.15pm

MICHAEL LEACH: Cornish archers and the history of the longbow

Wednesday 13th November, 2.15pm

TERRY MARKS: 500 years of Penzance harbour

Saturday 7th December, 10.30am – 12.30pm



Wednesday 8th January, 2.15pm

JOHN POTTER – Film: KRUZENSHTERN. From Penzance to Bremerhaven on one of the world’s last sailing ships

Wednesday 12th February, 2.15pm

DAVID DEARLOVE: Joined-up Writers. A chain of acquaintance four centuries long

Wednesday 12th March, 2pm

JANE DARKE – Film: The Art of Catching Lobsters
(N.B. Early start as film is 90 minutes long)

Morrab Library Summer Fair 2013


Saturday 22nd June, 10 – 3

Come along to our annual Summer Fair this Saturday for books, bric-a-brac, cakes, plants and lots more. The Friends of Morrab Gardens will also be holding their fete on Saturday so there’ll be lots to see and do in the gardens!
The extension is coming on very well but building work is still being carried out so we are still somewhat in turmoil and as yet without a completion date!
Apologies for any inconvenience