Two-time winner of the Christina Sergeyevna Award at the Austin International Poetry Festival, Agnes Meadows returns with her fifth collection of poetry, “This One Is For You”, dedicated to the late Brinsley Sheridan, her long-time friend and fellow poet. The new work covers Agnes’ usual themes of history, memory, everyday beauty and struggle, but it also explores the nature of friendship and the ingredients of endurance, joy and survival. After the huge success of her last two books, “Woman” and “At Damascus Gate on Good Friday”, this new collection is a must-read for fans of Agnes Meadows – and for those who’ve never heard of her, “This One Is For You”. Agnes Meadows’ ‘This One Is For You’ is an intense and wondrous journey into the imagination. Her poetry is warm, rich and evocative of all the places we might travel. Each poem is like a personal dedication to the reader given in a spirit of generosity and celebration. It’s a book full of secret delights, hidden sadness, and true friendship – Aoife Mannix A rich and intense journey. Here [in ‘This One Is For You] we find themes of remembrance and history and the beauty hidden beneath the everyday and ordinary. Agnes Meadows is a rebel and a powerhouse of a writer – Camden New Journal Author of four previous books of poetry, Agnes Meadows has been gypsying around the world since she was 15 and her writing reflects the broad range of perspectives that her peripatetic lifestyle has taught her. She has been a featured poet with the Austin International Poetry Festival several times – giving performances and workshops all over Texas, including readings in Spanish, drawing on the 3 years she lived in Mexico – and now serves on the board of the festival. Agnes has also performed and led poetry workshops and residencies in Turkey, Spain, Israel and Palestine. She held residencies in all of the Universities on the West Bank, and spent several months in the Gaza Strip working with students from all three of Gaza’s main Universities and the British Council. Away from academia, Agnes has run workshops on writing and performing poetry in the corporate sector, and has a wealth of experience of arranging and stage managing performances and shows across London. In addition to her own work, Agnes has also been an adviser on Poetry for Channel 4 TV (UK). Her previous publications are You and Me, Quantum Love, Woman (waterways, 2003), At Damascus Gate on Good Friday (waterways, 2005). Agnes has also produced two CDs of her poetry with music – Agnes Meadows and Blues Shakin’ My Heels. She lives in London.
This One is for You
Agnes Meadows’ ‘This One Is For You’ is an intense and wondrous journey into the imagination. Her poetry is warm, rich and evocative of all the places we might travel. Each poem is like a personal dedication to the reader given in a spirit of generosity and celebration. It’s a book full of secret delights, hidden sadness, and true friendship – Aoife Mannix
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