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Lizzie Fincham and Natalie Ann Holborow in conversation with Alan Bilton
A special online poetry event in celebration of International Women’s Day.

'Contained in Ice' by Lizzie Fincham
Poignant, elegant and timely, Lizzie Fincham's acute senses and imagistic rhythms give us glimpses beneath the surface of life, to the deeper connections. And always, running through the beauty and the evocation of the natural world, are warnings: 'The woods are turning to smoke'; 'As it always has, the bell tolls'… The delicacy of the poetry belies the magnitude of the themes: the losses and the hope — 'Contained in Ice' contains 'All the small stuff. All the big stuff.'

'Small' by Natalie Ann Holborow
We all have our favourite demons. Weaved throughout poems on mythology, literary figures and other shores, the narrator is haunted by her biggest demon of all: the gargantuan 'Small.' Told with rawness and honesty, the secretive nature of living with an eating disorder is yanked out into the open and given physical form and voice. Through relationship breakdowns, bath-times, the cacophonous dazzle of Delhi and the fug of hospital waiting rooms, 'Small' is there, slyly riding on the shoulders of a woman running for miles to get away ‒ yet forever haunted by a shadow far larger than her own.

Mar 8, 2021 02:00 PM in London

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Lizzie Fincham
Gower born poet Lizzie Fincham is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Swansea University. She has had 80 poems published in various journals and collections including New Welsh Review, Poetry Wales, North, French Literary Review, New Zealand Review. Lizzie has been shortlisted for many prizes, including the prestigious Bridport Poetry Prize on three occasions. In 2017 she was awarded First prize for 'Brexit Blues' in Brighton Poetry Competition. Her first collection 'Green Figs and Blue Jazz' was published by Cinnamon Press in 2017. Her latest pamphlet, 'Contained in Ice,' was published by Cinnamon Press in 2020.
Natalie Ann Holborow
Natalie Ann Holborow is an award-winning writer whose debut collection, 'And Suddenly You Find Yourself,' was launched at the International Kolkata Literary Festival and listed as Wales Arts Review’s ‘Best of 2017’. She is co-editor of the Cheval anthology. Winner of the 2015 Terry Hetherington Award and a recent finalist in the Cursed Murphy Spoken Word competition, her second book 'Small' (Parthian) and collaborative pamphlet with Mari Ellis Dunning 'The Wrong Side of the Looking Glass' (Black Rabbit Press) were both published in 2020.