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Jack Thacker Concludes Time Spent as Poet-in-Residence at the Museum of English Rural Life

20 April 2018

Over the past six months, University of Bristol doctoral student and BPI member Jack Thacker has taken a break from his studies in order to spend time as poet-in-residence at the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading.

Jack’s brief for the AHRC-funded residency was to respond the museum’s collections of objects, visual and written records through the production of poems, talks and workshops exploring the connections between creativity and farming.

The residency commenced in October 2017 with a talk and reading given by Jack on the subject of ‘The Poetics of Agriculture,’ and since then he has contributed to the cultural life of the museum in the form of blog posts and a series of workshops highlighting the poetic potential of the museum’s rural-themed collections.

Jack has also written a number of new works over the course of the six-month period, many of which are responses to specific items in the museum’s galleries and archives. These are being collected together and published by the Reading-based Two Rivers Press in the summer of 2018 and will be launched at an event at the Museum of English Rural Life.

Further information

For more information on the MERL and upcoming news about the conclusion of Jack’s residency, go to: https://merl.reading.ac.uk

To view Jack Thacker's debut poetry collection from Two Rivers Press, please visit: http://tworiverspress.com/wp/handling/

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