Poetry reading
Caroline Carver (seated left), at the launch of her book 'Fish Eaters'
  • The Writing Café, 4th Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University

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A poetry reading featuring two guest poets, Caroline Carver, Plymouth University’s Poet-In-Residence with the Marine Institute and fellow friend and poet Chris Considine in honour of Caroline’s most recent collection, Fish Eaters

Fish Eaters was published by University of Plymouth Press in October 2015. 

The event will start with complimentary drinks and snacks at 17:30 followed by the reading beginning at 18:00.

A stand for Caroline’s most recent collection, Fish Eaters will be available for audience members to browse and purchase during the event. The book  may also be purchased after the event via the University eStore.

All welcome. Please note: seating will be on a first come, first served basis during this event due to space restrictions.

Email georgia.francis@students.plymouth.ac.uk for further information.

About the book

Caroline’s gift of conveying serious meaning in a light-hearted way shines through in her most recent collection, as the poems reflect the preciousness of marine life, the urgency of environmental concerns, and the dangers to threatened species. A particular challenge in the writing of these poems was to reflect on scientific matters without letting a poem become a piece of prose or without going into too much technical detail.

Caroline alludes to the James Lovelock concept of Gaia, an example of her light-hearted look at a deadly serious subject, the behaviour of the jet stream and its effects on climate change. Another example of a particular piece of knowledge comes with the poem Pole of Inaccessibility. Although Caroline gathered the material for this poem within the Marine Institute, she was able to add the Coca-Cola can that was found under the North Pole, having met the Canadian explorer who was the first person to dive there.

The final poems featured within the collection reflect on humanity’s place within the environment, and the inescapable fact that we ourselves are composed mainly of water:

"Breaching the space between the seen and unseen, going under what Melville called the ocean’s skin, Caroline Carver places herself at the edge of the unknown sea and prints us back into its memory, gloriously." Philip Hoare, author of Leviathan, or The Whale and The Sea Inside

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Fish Eaters is a beautifully illustrated book of poems inspired by the seas and oceans around the globe.

Written by Caroline Carver, the Poet in Residence at Plymouth University’s Marine Institute, the poems are not over-literary in form, and are accessible to people who do not normally read poetry. A cohesive thread runs through the collection, linking each piece together in the order they are placed within the book.

About Caroline Carver

Caroline Carver is poet-in-residence with the Marine Institute at Plymouth University. She has won many prizes, including the National Poetry Prize in 1998, the Italian Silver Wyvern in 2008, and the Guernsey “On the Buses” in 2010. She was commended in the 2010 National. Her work has been translated into French, Italian and Romanian. 

Caroline is a Hawthornden Fellow and has published five collections with the most recent being Fish Eaters by University of Plymouth Press. She lives by the sea near Falmouth, Cornwall.

About Chris Considine

Chris Considine is a poet and former schoolteacher who lived for many years in Swaledale, North Yorkshire, before moving to Plymouth in 2011. At the beginning of 2004 she was a Hawthornden Fellow. Her first full collection Learning to Look was published by Peterloo Poets in 2003 followed by Quarll, also from Peterloo in 2006. Behind the Lines was published by Cinnamon Press in 2011. 

Her latest collection, In Search of Home published by Cinnamon Press in 2015 is about her move from Yorkshire to Devon and explores what it means to belong somewhere – what we might truly mean by the word ‘home’.

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