The Venus Papers
Published by Burning Eye Books
Lydia Towsey's starting point in The Venus Papers is Botticelli’s 15th Century painting, ‘Birth of Venus’ which depicts Venus' arrival on a shell at a Cypriot beach. Transported to 21st century UK, Lydia explores how Venus would respond to what she would find and asks: what would she do next?
In the sequence’s connecting poems, Venus’s progression from innocence to experience is mirrored across numerous arrivals, departures, journeys and landscapes; from a dancing mother to a psychopathic Barbie, murderous mozzarella and a road trip across the Spanish Badlands. By viewing Venus as everywoman, outsider, traveller, and immigrant, Lydia explores how women in particular are
viewed and affected by cultural and political pressures in contemporary Britain and beyond.