Anna Percy online book launch

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Poet Anna Percy.

14 September 2020 Entrance is free — Visit now

Jump into a live stream experience and join poet Anna Percy as she launches her latest collection, Jumping Into A Waterfall, published by Flapjack Press. Hosted online via the Flapjack Press Facebook Group page, temptingly it’s billed as ‘adults only’, so set your desk fan to fast.

Co-founder of the well-established pro-feminist collective Stirred, Anna has hosted the poetry nights Stirred and Shaken since 2010, along with creative writing workshops, and is a regular performer at spoken word nights round the North West, including Word Central and the upcoming Flapjack event as part of this year’s online Chorlton Book Festival. Her award-winning poetry is written for both the page and the stage, and she describes it as ‘post-pastoral, occasionally surreal, and an exercise in hope for sexual equality and an advocacy of women’s rights’. Originally hailing from Norfolk, Anna has lived in Manchester for over a decade and is working towards a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University.

‘A fabulous, feminist fighter whose new collection takes you on a journey into self-exploration and change. A wonderful addition to her poetry legacy’

Her previous publications include Livid Among The Ghostings, also on Flapjack Press, and Lustful Feminist Killjoys, which she wrote with Rebecca Audra Smith. Upcoming, we’re promised a pamphlet with another local indie, Some Roast Poet, and Anna and her latest full collection are described by Young Identity’s founding director, poet and all-round local legend Shirley May as: ‘A fabulous, feminist fighter whose new collection takes you on a journey into self-exploration and change. A wonderful addition to her poetry legacy.’

The blurb for Jumping Into A Waterfall says: ‘From the seclusion of the Scottish isles to the urban vigour of Manchester to the lowlands of East Anglia, Anna Percy observes an ever-changing world wherein change is sometimes imperceptible. This passionate and enticing meditation of ecopoetry also explores modern feminism and its societal perception, whilst thematically embracing sensuality, mental health and wellbeing, love and loss.’

Poet and playwright Gerry Potter says she has ‘a signature understanding of imagination and skill’ while poet and educator Steve O’Connor says that Anna’s ‘work suggests the oneness of self and environment’ and offers ‘a vivid evocation of place and a celebration of life and the body’.

For this evening of ‘superlative poetry’, Anna is joined by special guest Kate Garrett, whose own A View From The Phantasmagoria – ‘haunts, hexes, healing’ – is coming soon on paperbook and ebook. Anna’s book is published on 14 September and is available to pre-order now from your local bookshop (and Amazon) and as an ebook from Flapjack Press.

Anna Percy Jumping Into A Waterfall book cover
Anna Percy Jumping Into A Waterfall book cover

14 September 2020 Entrance is free Visit now

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