Digging deeper at Stourpaine

DORSET’s Tears in the Fence Literary Festival returns to Stourpaine from 2nd to 5th September with an interesting line up of poets and writers. Most events take place in the village hall with music, open readings, talks and discussions, book signings and a bookstall.

The 2021 festival, entitled Digging Deeper: Roots and Remains, will explore the role of poetry in our turbulent and existentially threatened present.

Themes include the use of radical language and an exploration of etymological roots, anthropology and archaeology – what part can these disciplines play in developing our human capacity to guide ourselves into a fairer and more positive future?

Editor-in-Chief, poet David Caddy said, “We cannot wait to welcome new and existing lovers of writing to the festival, whether that be for our Zoom session or at our home in Stourpaine. This year we have high quality writers such as Luke Kennard, Carol Watts, and Mélisande Fitzsimons joining us in person and it will be a delight to bring everyone together again.”

In a special treat for this year’s festival, Gia’s Artisan Italian Pizza will be supplying dinner on Saturday night, with a selection of red and white wines also available. The festival’s usual Saturday afternoon Ploughman’s Lunch will also return by popular demand.

The festival takes its name from an international literary journal edited by David Caddy, who lives in Dorset , and for many years ran the East Street Poets, based at Blandford. His poetry collections include Man in Black.

The festival begins with an evening of online readings on Thursday 2nd September, featuring writers such as Vahni Capildeo and Rae Armantrout. There are festival bursaries for under-represented writers as part of the festival’s social inclusion policy. For more information, Covid safety measures and bookings, visit https://tearsinthefence.com/festival/

Pictured: Dorset poet and author David Caddy.