Anna Selby is a Programme Manager at Writers’ Centre Norwich, and previously worked at the Southbank Centre where she organised Poetry Parnassus. She is co-editor of The World Record, an anthology of contemporary poetry from all 204 Olympic countries. Anna has also worked for The Reading Agency at Free Word, the UK’s first Literature House, and now organises Worlds International Literature Festival and the Escalator mentoring scheme. Anna is a poet, published by Bloodaxe.
Anna’s Past Events with NOW
At Wilderness Festival (August 2014)
Wild Swimming & Poetry
Back by popular demand – jump into the water in our ‘Wild Swimming & Poetry’ workshop led by Bloodaxe poet Anna Selby at the Wilderness lake. The group will take a look at poetry about wild swimming and the senses before taking the plunge.
At Wilderness Festival (August 2013):
Anna will be facilitating Wild Swimming & Poetry Workshops, and a poetry reading at the nature stage.
How does your workshop relate to being in the NOW?
Robert Macfarlane, one of my favourite nature writers wrote: “To enter wild water is to cross a border. You pass the lake’s edge, the sea’s shore, the river’s brink – and you break the surface of the water itself. In doing so, you move from one realm into another: a realm of freedom, adventure, magic, and occasionally of danger.” Stepping from a hot, dry day, into a river, lake or the sea snaps your body into the present.
What are you most looking forward to doing within your slot at NOW?
Running until my feet hit cool water.
Any tips on how the audience can most benefit from your workshop?
For the wild swimming workshop – bring things to swim in and be happy to read some great poetry about water as well as write some.