The Abingdon Arms, Beckley, OX3 9UU
Sunday 7th January 19:00 - 20:30
David Attwooll poems & Andy Walton images
Attwooll & Walton spent a year exploring Otmoor’s rich history & environment. The resulting poems and images evoke myth, geography, memory. David Attwooll’s poems introduced by Jenny Lewis & read by Andrew Walton and the poets who presented this work during the exhibition
Otmoor - Myth & Moonlight at ArtJericho Gallery, 2016.
A selection of the original drawings will be shown during the evening.
With music from internationally renowned jazz pianist Frank Harrison. Frank composed ‘First Light’ as part of Ground Work, the previous collaboration about Port Meadow, Oxford in 2014.
Proceeds from sales of the pamphlets Ground Work & Otmoor to the David Attwooll Memorial Fund which assists creative collaborations between poets and other art forms.
A New Publication of David’s Poetry – new and collected poems - will be published next spring 2018 by Two Rivers Press. David had been working on this project before he died in August 2016 with Peter Robinson, Editor of TRP, and Jenny Lewis, poet and Tutor for Poetry, Oxford University. A smaller publication will appear in autumn 2017 of his series Cyclops, which are amongst the last poems he wrote.
Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year
In October 2016, David jointly won this award, and his poem Midsummer Landing appeared in the festival anthology. The prize of £200 has been donated to the Fund.
The David Attwooll Memorial Fund has been set up by David’s family with the aim to continue David’s legacy and promote new and/or young talent in the creative arts.
The Fund will grant the annual David Attwooll Award, for talented people to participate in Arvon Foundation’s poetry courses who might otherwise not be able to. The Award will be administered and reported on by the Arvon Grants Scheme, please see their website for more information.
If income allows, the Fund will also support innovative collaboration between poets, writers, musicians, and artists.
If you wish to contribute, you can make a payment online to:
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or write a cheque payable to:
David Attwooll Memorial Fund, 90 Divinity Road, Oxford OX4 1LN
Tributes can be found here:
David Attwooll’s first full collection, The Sound Ladder, was published in April 2015 by Two Rivers Press. His work has appeared in several magazines and anthologies, and he was one of the winners of the 2013 Poetry Business pamphlet prize with Surfacing (smith|doorstop). He has also published two pamphlets together with artist Andrew Walton: Otmoor (Black Poplar 2016) and Ground Work (Black Poplar 2014).