Our first 2018 celebration of Poetry at the Lighthouse welcomes the phenomenal Rory Waterman for a launch of his new collection Sarajevo Roses.
Sarajevo Roses is Rory Waterman’s second collection of poems. From the start we are in the company of a poet on the move . On sleeper trains, in cars and on foot, Waterman takes us into Mediterranean Europe, to Palma’s Bellver Castle, to Venice, to Krujë, to the Italian ghost-town Craco, and to St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, where ‘selfie-sticks dance before us at the altar’. Sarajevo’s ‘neatened muddle of terracotta and concrete’ is twinned with the ‘church spires and rain-bright roofs’ of the poet’s former hometown, Lincoln.
His first collection Tonight the Summer’s Over, also from Carcanet, was a Poetry Book Society recommendation that was warmly received by critics; repeatedly commended as a warm, affecting and assured debut.
‘The surprise, the drama, is beautifully managed. […] Another perfect little lyric. […] In the final [lines of the collection] description gives way to invocation, to a discreet affirmation of the propriety of a poet’s absorbtions, one for whose worth the collection as a whole stands guarantor.’ John Lucas, The Dark Horse
Rory Waterman was born in Belfast in 1981, and grew up in Lincolnshire – since 2012, he has worked at Nottingham Trent University, where he is Senior Lecturer in English and leads the MA in Creative Writing. He writes critical prose for various publications, most frequently the TLS, and co-runs the poetry pamphlet publisher (and former literary magazine) New Walk, which he founded in 2010. The latest edition of New Walk featured two previous Lighthouse poets, Toby Martinez de las Rivas and Gina Wilson!
In addition to writing and editing poetry, he has written and edited several prose books, mostly about (and/or containing) modern or contemporary poetry.
We are thrilled to be collaborating with Edinburgh Napier’s Centre for Literature and Writing (CLAW) and Dr Arin Keeble in bringing you this next event!