A hotel with mysterious guests, a city where the moon wanders, an abandoned seaside pavilion, are some of the places visited in this, Richard Lambert's second collection. Structured around a movement from city to sea and always alert to the emotional resonance of landscape, The Nameless Places dwells on those spaces that lie at the edge of our lives and vision, and that seem somewhere between reality and dream. The collection culminates in a sequence that follows a journey made along the course of a river from its source to its mouth. Here, an English landscape's margins are investigated - suburb, waste ground, marsh, and estuary beach. In poems that are formally various (rondeau, villanelle and sonnet) and conjuring an atmosphere of melancholy, The Nameless Places explores forgotten and neglected spaces - both of the mind and of our physical world.
Richard Lambert is a poet and novelist. Individual poems have appeared in The Spectator, The Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, PN Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Rialto, and The Forward Anthology 2014, and his poems have won the Yorkshire Poetry Competition and the Kent & Sussex Poetry Competition. His novel, The Wolf Road, was longlisted for The Caledonia Novel Award. His short story ‘The Hazel Twig and the Olive Tree’ was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.
6.30 for 7.00pm