Derek Sellen is Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year

October 31st, 2018 § 0 comments

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Congratulations to Derek Sellen who is Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2018. Derek’s poetry collection, The Other Guernica: Poems Inspired by Spanish Art, was named Poetry Kit book of the month in October, and the collection has attracted a great review, by Trevor Breedon, on Write Out Loud:

The poems, based on artworks from the 15th to the 21st century, are arranged in four sections; they cover individuals and relationships, war and violence, art and artists and place. There are brief notes and potted biographies and, best of all, links to images of many of the paintings on the publisher’s website. […]

Canterbury-based Sellen, who recently won the city’s international Poet of the Year competition, has produced a collection full of stark, powerful imagery. For many readers the chief pleasure might be found in the modern parallels and contemporary allusions he teases out of the artworks. Ultimately, however, the main source of satisfaction and achievement derives from the imaginative richness and dramatic economy of phrasing that is surely the verbal equivalent of the masterly brushstrokes of the paintings he writes about so well.

Order Derek Sellen’s poetry collection for £10 plus p&p: The Other Guernica: Poems Inspired by Spanish Art

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