A Year of Poetry at IIC
Conceptualised by Gitanjali Surendran
Sylvia Plath: An Iconic Life
Heather Clark will discuss her award-winning biography of the American writer Sylvia Plath, whose iconic poems changed the course of Anglo-American poetry. Clark will discuss Plath's poetry and fiction, her literary legacy, and the challenges of writing Plath's biography.
Chair and Discussant: Anupama Raju, novelist and poet
Heather Clark is the author of Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography, the winner of the Truman Capote Prize for Literary Criticism, and the London Biographers' Club Slightly Foxed Prize for Best First Biography. It was a 2021 New York Times Top Ten Book of the Year. Clark is also the author of The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes and The Ulster Renaissance: Poetry in Belfast, 1962-1972. She is a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow and Professor of Contemporary Poetry at the University of Huddersfield.