Celebrating Sylvia Plath

Celebrating Sylvia Plath - After Sylvia, an anthology of poems and essays

After Sylvia, an anthology of poems and essays celebrating the work of Sylvia Plath, will be published by Nine Arches Press in October 2022 to mark the 90th anniversary of the poet’s birth. The book – co-edited by Sarah Corbett and Ian Humphreys – will include commissioned poems and essays as well as prize-winning entries from a Sylvia Plath themed poetry competition.

A series of celebratory After Sylvia events will lead up to the book’s official launch. These include nationwide soft launches, workshops, library displays and two poetry competitions – one a collaboration with the Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network, and a main competition (for poets aged 18 and over) which will be open for entries from October 27 to December 31, 2021.

The After Sylvia project is produced by Ian Humphreys and generously supported by an Arts Council England Lottery Funded Project Grant.

Subject to further funding, the world’s first Sylvia Plath Literary Festival will take place from 21 – 23 October, 2022 in Hebden Bridge and will host the book’s official launch. Sarah Corbett is the festival’s director.

More details on the After Sylvia project (including how to enter the poetry competition) will be announced when this website goes live in August 2021.

Above: Sylvia Plath on a bike by street artist Stewie.