Michael Symmons Roberts will be reading from his poetry, and (with Professor David Fuller) discussing issues related to religion and beauty, the body in sacred and secular aspects, and, on the basis of his particular interest in genomics, the relations of poetry and science.
Roberts is the author of five collections of poetry including Raising Sparks (1999), Burning Babylon (2001), which was short-listed for the T. S. Eliot prize, Corpus (2004), winner of the Whitbread Poetry award (also short-listed for the Forward Prize, the T. S. Eliot prize, and the Griffin International prize), and most recently The Half-Healed (2008). He is the author of two novels, Patrick’s Alphabet (2006), and Breath (2008). With Paul Farley he has also written Edgelands: Journeys into England’s True Wilderness (2011), which won the Foyles Best Book of Ideas award for 2012. You can listen to his poetry at The Poetry Archive.
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