Sylvia Plath was born in Boston in 1932 and died in London, aged 30, in 1963. In her brief career she produced some of the most rich, authoritative and riveting poetry of the 20th century. The best-known of her poems – among them ‘Lady Lazarus’, ‘Daddy’, ‘The Applicant’, ‘Tulips’ – arrived in the extraordinary torrent of creativity unleashed in her final months, posthumously collected in Ariel. The evening retraced the journey along the route that Plath took, by various poetic turns, to the voice, the unique and definitive voice, of those final poems.
Proceeds from the evening went to Safe Passage.