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29th Jun, 2022

Award winning Stratford poet releases new anthology

Ryan Smith 21st Apr, 2022

AWARD winning poet and former Stratford College student Chloe Hanks is back with her new anthology release, I Call Upon The Witches.

Written as part of her undergraduate dissertation project at the University of Worcester, this anthology dissects the evolution of the archetypal witch and examines how this was influenced by perceptions of women throughout history.

Chloe attended Stratford College between 2015 and 2017, studying creative writing, English literature and history.

Each poem sets out to address an element of this evolution and is written in response to a historical or fictional Witch.

Even before it was published, the anthology reached number one on Amazon’s hot new releases for women’s poetry.

Chloe, 23 said: “I hope that the collection speaks to people who are curious about the fictional entity of the Witch but perhaps aren’t as familiar with the history.

“I found out about some really interesting cases whilst researching and it is really eye-opening on the subjects of gender politics, race and identity. There is a lot there for people to learn about beyond the pages of the book.”

To promote the event, Chloe filmed an in depth interview with Sunday Mornings at the River editor Rebecca Rijsdiji, and she has also done in person reading sessions at the University of Birmingham, where shes currently doing a masters studying Creative Writing.

She’s also had a collection of her poems accepted into the spring anthology ‘Depression is what really killed the dinosaurs.’

Chloe’s last anthology, ‘May We All Be Artefacts’, won the V Press poetry prize, and received a special mention at the Saboteur Awards. The Saboteur awards are designed to acknowledge small scale literature that might not receive a high level of public attention otherwise.

Chloe added: “The Saboteur Awards have been an incredible source of new poetry for me. I look to them every year for inspiration and new people to read.”

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