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The London Review Bookshop has hosted the third part of a series of UK launch events for Edge Hill University Press’s latest publication: Atlantic Drift.

The sell-out event was hosted by the book’s editors and Edge Hill’s Robert Sheppard, Emeritus Professor of Poetry and Poetics and Dr James Byrne, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing. It featured readings from three of the poets from the book; Andrea Brady, Sophie Collins and John James.

Dr James Byrne said:

“The London Review Bookshop is the bookshop for a UK reading and many copies were sold and signed by the authors. It was particularly pleasing to see John read – he’s in his 70s, a living legend among readers of UK poetry – though all three readers were superb, intersecting between cutting edge innovative poetry poetics, something Creative Writing at Edge Hill University is renowned for.

“Our student interns have been part of the book all the way through and should be applauded for their dedication to the project.”

EHU Press intern, Jennie Byrne, helped organise the event and handled its social media. She said:

“This experience has enabled me to not only learn how a book is published, but to participate in the many launch events for Atlantic Drift. Travelling to London this week gave me the chance to help set up, meet the poets from the book, watch their performances and liaise with them afterwards. This is something I never would have been able to do without the opportunities the EHU Press has offered me.”

Atlantic Drift (Arc/Edge Hill University Press) is an anthology featuring 24 poets from Britain, Ireland, the USA and Canada. It seeks to highlight both new and established writers from both sides of the Atlantic and in between, defining and redefining the various. By developing a dialogue between English-speaking traditions, Atlantic Drift includes some of the most exceptional poetry and poetics written in the 21st century.

A special event at UC Berkeley in California is being planned, where both UK and US authors will meet and discuss key issues which emanated from Atlantic Drift.

The next publication from EHU Press called Staging the revolution: 50 years of radical theatre will be produced by Dr Kim Wiltshire, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, and Billy Cowan, Lecturer in Creative Writing.

Please see a gallery of images from the launch below: