Poetry at Durham Book Festival


CPP_170_webWith Durham Book Festival in full swing, there are several exciting poetry events still to look forward to this week, centred around the afternoon and evening of Saturday 18th October. These readings and talks are co-organised by the Centre for Poetry and Poetics.

Michael O’Neill and Jamie McKendrick

Thursday, 16th October, 7.30 pm. St Chad’s College Chapel, Tickets £3
Join two award-winning poets for a reading in St Chad’s Chapel. Michael O’Neill is professor of English at Durham University. He co-founded and co-edited Poetry Durham from 1982 to 1994. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 1983 for his poetry and a Cholmondeley Award for Poets in 1990. His new book of poems is Gangs of Shadow. Jamie McKendrick has written six poetry collections and has won several awards including the Forward Prize and in 2013 the Hawthornden Prize for Literature for his most recent collection Out There. He writes on literature and art for several newspapers and magazines. More details.

Tom Pickard

Saturday, 18th October, 2.00 pm. Palace Green Library, Tickets £8 / £6
The Newcastle-born poet and founder of the legendary Morden Tower poetry collective returns to the North East with this collection of poems and songs.Tom Pickard is credited with rediscovering Basil Bunting and was part of a circle of influential poets that included Allen Ginsberg and Edward Dorn. His previous book, The Ballad of Jamie Allan, was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Critics’ Circle Award. More details.

Faber New Poets

Saturday, 18th October, 3.30 pm. Palace Green Library, Tickets £6 / £4
Join us for this lively event which celebrates and showcases the talents of the best in the next generation of poets: Faber New Poets 2013-14. To celebrate the publication of their poetry pamphlets in October 2014, this event brings together readings from the recipients of the Faber New Poets 2013-14 scheme: Rachael Allen, Will Burns, Zaffar Kunial and Declan Ryan. Backed by an innovative publishing programme and funded by Arts Council England, Faber New Poets aims to identify and support emerging talents at an early stage in their careers and has previously supported poets such as Sam Riviere, Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Fiona Benson, Heather Phillipson and Jack Underwood. More details.

Paul Farley: An Evening with the Festival Laureate

Saturday, 18th October, 5.00 pm. Palace Green Library, Tickets £8 / £6
Every year the festival works with Durham University to appoint a leading poet as Festival Laureate. This year Paul Farley will be fulfilling the role and writing a new poem especially for the festival. In this exclusive public event, Paul will read from his commissioned poem for the first time. Paul will also undertake a special event for Durham students, as well as visiting a local school. Paul Farley is a multi-award-winning poet, author and broadcaster. He has published four poetry collections with Picador, most recently The Dark Film, which was shortlisted for the 2012 TS EIiot Prize. His book, Edgelands, a non-fiction journey into England’s overlooked wilderness (co-authored with Michael Symmons Roberts) was published in 2011 and received the Royal Society of Literature’s Jerwood Award. Paul Farley is a professor of poetry at Lancaster University. More details.

International Poetry Event

Monday, 20th October, 7.00 pm. Empty Shop, Tickets £3
Join a Cuban and Serbian poet for this exciting international poetry event, held in association with Arc Publications. Ivana Milankov was born in Belgrade and is the author of seven books of poetry and one book of poetical prose. Milankov belongs to the first generation of poets from central and eastern Europe, who were influenced by anti-establishment poetries. She now earns a living as a teacher of English in a secondary school. Víctor Rodríguez Núñez is one of Cuba’s most noteworthy contemporary writers. He has published 11 books of poetry, many of which have won literary awards. His poems have appeared widely including in many international periodicals. More details.

dbfDurham Book Festival 2014 continues until 20th October, with talks and topics ranging from politics to poetry, and fiction to feminism. If poetry is your thing, check out the Centre for Poetry and Poetics, which runs many readings and events throughout the year.

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