Book Launch: A Confusion of Mary’s with Sarah Cave, Rupert Loydell and special guest Maria Stadnicka

We had the pleasure of welcoming talented poets Sarah Cave and Rupert Loydell to our bookshop for the launch of their stunning poetry book, A Confusion of Mary’s, last week along with special guest Maria Stadnicka.

During these strange and troubling times, we were pleased to welcome such an enthusiastic turn out with many familiar and smiling faces decking out the chairs before our makeshift stage where Sarah, Rupert and Maria proudly read out their work.

Sarah Cave, Rupert Loydell and Maria Stadnicka

Sarah, Rupert and Maria

While Sarah, who is currently completing her poetry PhD at Royal Holloway, is a returning poet to our wonderful shop, this was a first time visit for both Rupert and Maria.

We loved having them with us and were captivated by their words about hope, the representation of biblical Mary, and the turbulent times humanity faces throughout the world from their poetry.

Rupert Loydell reading his poetry

Rupert reading his poetry

Rupert is a professional poet, abstract artist, and Senior Lecturer in the School of Writing and Journalism at Falmouth University, inspiring many future and current writers of today.

Maria is a professional poet, journalist, and PhD researcher at the University of the West of England. Incredibly, she travelled all the way from Gloucestershire to speak at our event.

Maria reading her poetry

Maria reading her poetry

As each poet spoke, the audience listened intently with either a glass of red wine or (for the drivers!) a fresh orange juice to hand. From A Confusion of Mary’s, both Sarah and Rupert performed poetry full of wit, beautiful imagery and bursts of feminism sewn throughout.

With Rupert’s fresh sense of humour paired with Sarah’s artistic prop making and poetic flourish, it certainly made for an exciting and entertaining evening.

Sarah reading her poetry

Sarah using her props while performing poetry

As Maria took to the floor, her words swept us away as she transported us back to times of turbulence and through the eyes of childlike countenance upon witnessing national events, such as the 2017 London bridge attack and all that happened.

Treating us further to a poem not yet published and only recently written, the audience listened attentively while she read out her work with moving reverence.

As the evening drew to an end, a round of applause paraded through the room from the audience. Afterwards, copies of Sarah and Rupert’s and Maria’s poetry books were available to purchase and get signed while familiar chatter buzzed all around.

Sarah Cave and Rupert Loydell

Sarah and Rupert at the end of the evening

We loved hosting such a fantastic event filled with brilliant words and imagery and look forward to welcoming them back.

Each poets’ published works are available at Lost in Books. Please either come in and visit our shop to browse, or place an order using our online order form.

We host as many bookish events and activities as possible here at Lost in Books. Check our Twitter for the latest news and updates and we’ll look forward to seeing you soon.

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