The Long Beds by Kate Miller: Online Launch

Please join us online to celebrate the launch of Kate Miller's new poetry collection, The Long Beds, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.


Wednesday 23rd September, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

  • Book Launch
  • In Conversation
  • Online event


About the Event

Please join us online to celebrate the launch of Kate Miller's new poetry collection, The Long Beds, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Hosting the reading will be literary agent, Simon Trewin, joining Kate to discuss the new work. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. We will also be showing extracts of the text during the reading so that you can read along. Register here and let us know you can make it by joining the Facebook event.

The Long Beds explores the cell-like containment of the small hours when the body has no estate but its bed, while - waking or dreaming - the mind sets out on its travels, often in the realms of an old life, cherished items or relinquished connections. Central to the poems' imagery is the presence of a bedstead that has survived a bombing raid, protecting only what was bundled underneath it. In painterly language Kate Miller also trains her eye and ear outwards on grand, impersonal scenes: London at dawn, riverbanks and docks, the corridors of a great hospital: to uncover fogged experience and restore colour to memory. Her poems prod us awake at first light and release us into the morning.

Kate Miller is an award-winning poet, recipient of the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Prize in 2008. Her book The Observances (2015) was shortlisted for the Costa and Michael Murphy Prizes and won the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for First Collection. Trained in Art History and Fine Art, her teaching career was enlivened by creative collaborations, performances and site-specific installations. Events she devised for the Hayward Gallery focussed on light and colour on the Thames which later led to the 2016 commission to celebrate Waterloo Bridge, included here. As a writer, and in her doctoral research, she examines perceptions of the shoreline of rivers and beaches, of what is cast up and can be reclaimed, bringing history and memory to a sense of place. She lives in South London and on the Isle of Oxney with her family.

Simon Trewin has been a literary agent representing poets, novelists, historians and young adult writers since 1993. His clients include Patience Agbabi, John Boyne, Andrew Miller and Mary Costello. He is a former Secretary of the Association Of Authors Agents, a Trustee of the Arvon Foundation and of Salisbury Playhouse. He also hosts a weekly webinar called The Writing Game where he interviews authors about process and purpose. www.simontrewin.co.uk

Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. All attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after the event.

Please note that there is a limited number of places for the reading, so do book early to avoid disappointment. You should receive a confirmation email with details on how to join after you register. If this does not arrive, please contact us to let us know. Please also be aware that clicking 'attending' on the Facebook event will not guarantee your place - you must complete the Zoom registration here.

About the Book

The Long Beds
The Long Beds

Kate Miller

Publisher:Carcanet Press Ltd

Publication date:30 Jul 2020


This second collection from Seamus Heaney Prize-winning poet Kate Miller is a meditation on dreaming and the journey from sleep to waking.