The Seren Poetry Podcast

Judy Brown: 'Lairs'

December 07, 2023 Alternative Stories Season 2 Episode 4
The Seren Poetry Podcast
Judy Brown: 'Lairs'
Show Notes

Welcome to The Seren Poetry Podcast, a series of conversations and readings with Seren poets.


In this edition we talk to Judy Brown about her third collection ‘Lairs’. Describing it as the ‘angriest’ of her three books so far, Judy discusses the lair as a place of restriction or a confined space, her residency at Exeter University’s Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, and other underlying themes from the book such as ‘pivotal change’.


Judy Brown is an award-winning poet who has published 3 full collections with Seren and a pamphlet ‘Pillars of Salt’ with Templar Poetry. Judy’s first poetry collection, ‘Loudness’ (2011), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize. Her second collection, ‘Crowd Sensations’ (2016) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Second Collection Prize. Her third collection ‘Lairs’ was published in 2022. Judy now works as a freelance tutor and mentor and gives Poetry Surgeries in London and online for the Poetry Society.


‘Lairs’ is available in bookshops nationwide or from the Seren website 


The podcast is presented by Rhian Edwards  

The interviewer is Sarah Johnson  

The interview recordings are by Sarah Johnson.

Production, sound design and editing are by Chris Gregory of Alternative Stories 


You can find out more about Judy Brown by visiting her website or following her on social media  @JudyBrown__


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Other books by Judy Brown

‘Pillars of Salt’ (Templar Poetry) 


‘Crowd Sensations’ 


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Please join us next week for a conversation with poet Vanessa Lampert about her debut collection ‘Say it With Me’. Subscribe in your favourite podcast app to have all future editions delivered to your podcast feed the moment they are released.