Back in May, Helen Mort’s new Hercules Editions book, The Singing Glacier, was launched at a special event at Manchester Metropolitan University as part of the Writers at Manchester Met series, hosted by the Manchester Writing School.
The evening was introduced by Dr David Cooper, senior lecturer in English at MMU, who spoke about the university’s increasing emphasis on writing and place in recent years, and how the book is a part of that commitment to the relationship between writing and place.
Tamar Yoseloff spoke next about seeing the performance for the first time and how Helen’s poem had stayed with her and had later thought it was a shame that the text wasn’t available to sit down with and enjoy, so she was thrilled when Helen got in touch and asked if Hercules would be interested in publishing it.
Helen then spoke about the genesis of the project and the incredible experience of the three-week journey to the Arctic. Over footage from the original film, Helen recited the first in the sequence, ‘Glacier Song’, then going on on to read further poems from the book.
Hercules were thrilled to be able to launch the book to so many people engaged with the themes and style of the book, and we’d like to thanks James Draper, Manager of the Manchester Writing School.
You can find more details and buy the book here.