Sarah Wardle – Poetry Reading and In Conversation with Gary McKeone

Join us for an informal evening of poetry reading and Q&A

In the poems of her latest book ‘Beyond’ Sarah Wardle explores a world of hope beyond the despair she experienced because of mental ill health and its knock-on effects of lack of motivation, and of isolation and loneliness. In the course of this book, we see her rebuild her life from an outlook of negativity and despair to a more included and inclusive view of the world. Beyond narrates her journey out of depression to a place where she finds renewed spirit and passion in relationships and the world.

Sarah Wardle
Sarah Wardle was born in London in 1969. She was educated at Cheltenham Ladies’ College; Oxford, where she read Classics; and Sussex, where she read English. She won Poetry Review’s new poet of the year award in 1999 and her first collection, Fields Away(Bloodaxe Books, 2003), was shortlisted for the Forward best first collection prize. Her second book, SCORE! (Bloodaxe Books, 2005), included some of the poems she broadcast while poet-in-residence for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, as well as the script of a film-poem, ‘X: A Poetry Political Broadcast’. A Knowable World (Bloodaxe Books, 2009) followed her detainment in a Central London psychiatric hospital, and a new collection, Beyond, was published by Bloodaxe in 2014. She is a lecturer in poetry at Middlesex University and Morley College, and a FRSA.

Gary McKeone
Gary McKeone is Programme Director at St George’s House, Windsor Castle. He was formerly Literature Director at Arts Council England. He has also worked in theatre and at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank.


Bloodaxe Books have very kindly donated 2 copies of Sarah’s latest book Beyond for the 2 people whose names are first drawn at random with the correct answer to the question below.

  • What year was Bloodaxe Books founded?

Please submit your answer in an email headed “Bloodaxe Books Competition” including your full name and contact details to by 5pm 17th October 2014. 

The competition will be drawn, and the winner notified during the week of 27th October 2014.

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Image: ‘Beyond’ by Sarah Wardle, published by Bloodaxe Books