Broadstairs writer Madeleine White launches her first collection of poetry, Tuesday June 28, at the Bradstow Mill in Broadstairs.
The event, from 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m., will include readings and refreshments.
The Horse and the Girl is a series of 30 related narrative poems, conversations between the “horse and the girl”, examining issues such as relationships, climate change, aging, life, death and change in general . It offers an ironic and poignant look at the world around us, with a strong environmental slant.
The collection has been written from the perspective of Madeleine and her relationship with her horse and is based along the coast and marshes of Thanet.
Last April, Madeleine had to move her mare Lucie from Saint-Nicolas to the coast because her farmland had been given over to houses.
She said: “I put the first poem on my Facebook page last summer. I got a flurry of responses including one that they could see as the start of a series. Obviously, me too… because the rest of the work, based on my own experiences with my mare Lucie, took place in a relatively short period of time.
“The voices of The Horse And The Girl call us to embrace life and the world we live in, the message being that if we notice the little things, we have a better chance of seeing the big picture.”
Published by Canadian/US publisher Crowsnest at the start of Covid, Madeleine’s acclaimed debut novel Mother Of Floods has been hailed as a “spiritual masterpiece”. She drew on this interconnection of nature and humanity with The Horse And The Girl and was recently interviewed in conjunction with Penguin author Catherine Munroe on collaborative survival and personality.
The Horse And The Girl is currently serialized on BBC Radio Kent, broadcast every Tuesday from 9-10pm until mid-July. You can hear People from the collection at this link: https://bit.ly/people-poem-horse-and-girl
Madeleine published her first novel Mother of Floods in 2020. The book follows the tradition of writers such as Margaret Atwood – The Handmaiden’s Tale – and Paulo Coehlo -The Alchemist – exploring what it means to be human in the 21st century and how people develop their culture. , spiritual and digital identities.
Mum-of-three Madeleine is a former freelance journalist whose first big story was for the Evening Standard in the 1990s examining how her family coped with her father’s bipolar disorder. The article coincided with the release of Robert de Niro’s film on the subject, Mr Jones.
The former Clarendon grammar student later turned to teaching and was the mastermind behind Oi! Magazine produced for and by young people and launched with the Marlowe Academy. The magazine went national as So! in 2009. She then worked on the Nina-Iraq.com magazine – launched with the World Bank – for women in Iraq.
The magazines were all platforms to give voice to disenfranchised communities.
The Horse and the Girl is published by Lapwing Publications and costs £10 in print and £4 digitally.
It is available through the publisher and a number of bookshops across the country including Tales on Market Street in Faversham, Sevenoaks Bookshop in Sevenoaks, Harbor Books in Whitstable, The Margate Bookshop in Margate.
You can also purchase copies directly from the website: https://sites.google.com/a/lapwingpublications.com/lapwing-store/home