Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

A poetry symposium: Sisters in Verse: Contemporary Women's Poetry

Friday, 09 March 2012


In association with Oxford Brookes University, the Poetry Centre, and Oxford University, and featuring a keynote panel discussion with poets Kate Clanchy, Jane Yeh and Sophie Mayer.

Adrienne Rich once stated that ‘the connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet’. This symposium aims to interrogate what these connections between women make possible in contemporary poetry. Given that a woman currently holds the British laureateship, we have clearly come some distance from deriding the ‘poetess'; this event seeks to evaluate recent transformations. From sisterhood and solidarity between recent generations of poets, to flat refusals to call one’s self a ‘woman poet’, there are many themes to discuss at this half-day symposium

The symposium will take place at the Faculty of English Language and Literature, St Cross Building, University of Oxford.

The keynote panel discussion from this event has been released by the Poetry Centre as a podcast.