On Friday 3rd March, Hurst Street Press hosted a panel discussion in conjunction with the Oxford Poetry Society at Waterstones, in honour of International Women’s Day 2017. We had four fantastic poets – Lili Hamlyn, Sarah Fletcher, Joanna Walsh and Selena Nwulu – discussing their work and their major influences. To begin the evening, each poet was asked to read sections from the work of an author who they saw to be a major influence, as well as some pieces of their own writing. The second part of the evening was structured as a panel discussion chaired by Camille Ralphs (OPS President) and Shoshana Kessler (HSP), this focused on reactions towards feminist labeling, interaction with the literary canon and notions of female form, theme and style. The evening concluded with a poetry open mic, where members of the audience were encouraged to sign up to read a piece of their writing.
It was a fascinating event and we’d like to thank Waterstones for their support, as well as Lili, Sarah, Joanna and Selena, and to everyone who came along to watch.
Joanna Walsh Sarah Fletcher Lili Hamlyn Selena Nwulu