The second theme for our Look Loves Poems Poetry Challenge comes courtesy of author Max Porter. Watch his reading below of Alan Ahlberg’s ‘Where I Sit Writing.’

Max Porter is the author of the astonishing Grief is the Thing With Feathers (2015) and Lanny (2019), which was shortlisted for The Booker Prize and is currently the Waterstones Book of the Month.

The audiobook of ‘Lanny’ can be purchased here.

Lanny is also available in braille from the RNIB Library.

The audiobook of ‘Grief Is the Thing with Feathers’ can be purchased here.

Max’s latest book, ‘It’s Going to be a Bright New Day: Would You Rather, with Bonnie Prince Billie’ is available here.

A huge thank you to Max for sharing this poem with us!

Every Sunday night, we will announce the next theme for the week ahead on Look’s YouTube Channel, as well as on our social feeds.

We want you to be inspired by that poem and to respond by either sending us a poem that you have written yourself, or one that you simply love, that fits the theme.

Send us your own poems via email to events@look-uk.org or, even better, send us a film of yourselves reading them which we can share on our website, across our social media, and on our YouTube channel.

Find out more about the challenge in our original post, here: https://www.look-uk.org/look-loves-poems/

Submissions for ‘Where I Am’ theme

A poem written and read by Benjamin Kayanja
Phillip Larkin’s 1967 poem The Trees, read by Ruth Storey
A poem written and read by Lily Kayanja
A poem about the challenges of life in lockdown written and read by Will Vines