Our Thresholds poet-in-residence, Ann Gray, will read from her Cambridge-based volume concerning love and loss, At the Gate.
Ann Gray grew up in Cambridge and was educated at the Perse School before going on to nursing training at St Barts. She now lives and works in Cornwall where she has a care home for people with dementia, in a three acre setting of therapeutic gardens and orchards.
Clive James writes of At the Gate: 'Ann Gray's poetry is a measured but sumptuous revelation, like the sun coming up a few inches at a time. Perception and emotional honesty aren't just connected, but share the same nervous system. The poet who can effortlessly name every kind of fish and flower can also idnetify all stages of love and loss. Very few women, and no men at all, can write from a good soul and a bad consceince with quite her combination of fact and recklessness. This collection is the garden of the heart laid bare.'
Supported by the Arts Council England and championed by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, Thresholds aims to use the University's collections to inspire new converts to poetry. Over the next few months, Ann will be at the Garden working on new poems inspired by the Garden to contribute to a Thresholds Anthology, and also developing and leading creative writing workshops with students from the Red Balloon Centre.
This will be a special evening, in the stunning surroundings of the Continents Apart display of the Glasshouse Range; enjoy a glass of wine and a unique opportunity to hear Ann read her work in Cambridge.