Dramatic Dialects: Liz Berry and Katrina Porteous (Poetry reading, 4th March)

colpitts 3Come along to the final Colpitts Poetry reading in the current schedule, with two voices that draw on dialect to define their verse, Liz Berry and Katrina Porteous. Doors open at 20.00 on 4th March, in Palace Green Library, Durham.


Liz Berry won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, a Somerset Maugham Award, and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award with her first book, Black Country, and is widely held to be one of the most exciting new poets in the UK. Born and brought up in the Black Country, she often incorporates Black Country dialect, its “vowels ferrous as nails,” into her rich and sensuous explorations of burgeoning selfhood.

Katrina Porteous grew up in County Durham, and now lives at Beadnell in Northumberland, where for more than two decades she has drawn on local history, fishing culture, and Northumbrian dialect to create her gorgeous, polyphonous work. Her poems have been broadcast extensively on BBC Radion, and her second full-length collection from Bloodaxe, Two Countries, was shortlisted for the Portico Prize for Literature in 2015.


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