A celebration of Sylvia Plath
After Sylvia launches in October 2022 to honour the 90th anniversary of Sylvia Plath’s birth.
An anthology of new writing celebrating the work and legacy of Plath, After Sylvia is published by Nine Arches Press.
The book honours Plath’s legacy through a range of compelling poems and thought-provoking essays by leading and up-and-coming poets and scholars from the UK and beyond. It is shaped around five inspiring chapters, each exploring a key Plathian theme: Nature, Rebirth, Womanhood, Mothers & Fathers and Magic. A central aim of the anthology is to help dispel the myth of Sylvia Plath as tortured genius destined to her fate, by expressing the power and complexity of her work, legacy and reputation as one of the most important and influential writers of the 20th century.
The sixty pieces of new writing in After Sylvia include a dozen or so winning and commended entries from three Plath-related poetry competitions: The Sylvia Plath Prize and two competitions ran by the Poetry Society.
The book is a partner project to the Sylvia Plath Literary Festival, held in Hebden Bridge from 21st to 23rd October, 2022. Ian Humphreys, producer and creative lead on After Sylvia, co-edited the anthology with Sarah Corbett – director of the Sylvia Plath Literary Festival. Ian initiated and organised The Sylvia Plath Prize.
This much-anticipated anthology, officially launched at the Sylvia Plath Literary Festival, will be celebrated at events throughout the UK, including Manchester, Bradford, Bristol and London.
The After Sylvia project is generously supported by an Arts Council England Lottery Funded Project Grant. Official partners include the Poetry Society and the Manchester Poetry Library. Literary organisations such as the Manchester Literature Festival, the National Poetry Library, and Bradford Libraries also supported the project.