The next Colpitts Poetry reading features two striking female voices on the contemporary poetry scene, Collette Bryce and Eleanor Rees. All welcome at 20.00 on 26th February, in Palace Green Library, Durham.
Colette Bryce divides her time between London and Newcastle, working as a freelance teacher and editor. Having received an Eric Gregory Award in 1995, she published her first collection, The Heel of Bernadette, in 2000. She won the National Poetry Competition in 2003 with ‘The Full Indian Rope Trick’, which was voted the favourite winning poem in 2008 in a poll to celebrate 30 years of the National Poetry Competition, and became the title poem of her second collection, The Full Indian Rope Trick (2004). Self-portrait in the Dark, her third collection from Picador, was published in 2008, and a pocketbook, The Observations of Aleksandr Svetlov (Donut).
Eleanor Rees‘s pamphlet collection Feeding Fire (Spout, 2001) received an Eric Gregory Award in 2002 and her first full length collection Andraste’s Hair (Salt, 2007) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Glen Dimplex New Writers Awards. Her second collection Eliza and the Bear (Salt, 2009) is also a live performance for voice and harp which has toured in the North West. Eleanor published her third collection Blood Child with Liverpool University Press/Pavilion Poets in 2015.