Panic Response: An Evening With John McCullough in Brighton

Thursday 7th April 2022
19:00 at Waterstones, Brighton

Panic Response: An Evening With John McCullough in Brighton

Join John McCullough at Waterstones Brighton to celebrate the publication of his eagerly anticipated new collection Panic Response. He will be joined by fellow Brighton poet Karen Goodwin.

From the mercurial mind of award-winning poet John McCullough comes his darkest and most experimental book to date. Panic Response puts personal and cultural anxiety under the microscope. It is full of things that shimmer, quiver and fizz: plankton glowing at low tide; brain tissue turning to glass; a basketball emerging from the waves, covered in barnacles. These are poems of uncertainty but also of hope, which move beyond the breathlessness of panic towards luminescence and solidarity.

'Tender, intimate, zany... a book for our troubled times.' Monique Roffey

John McCullough lives in Hove. His third book of poems, Reckless Paper Birds (2019), won the Hawthornden Prize and was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award. His previous collections have been Books of the Year for The Guardian and The Independent. He teaches creative writing at the University of Brighton and for organisations including the Arvon Foundation.

Karen Goodwin is Poetry Editor of Sabotage Reviews. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the UEA and received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. Her poems have featured in Oxygen: New Poets from Wales and Seren Selections (Seren Books). She lives in Brighton and is working on her first full-length collection.

Please note that there is some maintenance in the shop meaning that unfortunately the lift will not be operational for the next few weeks, including during this event, and therefore customers should be prepared to use the stairs. The event space is up three flights of steps, all steps have a handrail but unfortunately there is no powered assistance with the lift out of operation. If you have mobility issues or are concerned about this, or would like to view images of the steps in question, please let us know on [email protected] - otherwise we hope you enjoy the event. 


Further details: 01273 206017

Brighton Waterstones, Brighton
Thursday 7th April 2022

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