Return of the Gift (Poetry Reading and Book Launch, 15th Feb)


Esteemed poet and critic Professor Michael O’Neill launches his fourth collection, Return of the Gift, at this free public reading. The event takes place in Hatfield College Chapel on 15th February, from 18.00. Everyone is most welcome. 

Return of the Gift is a volume about what is given and what is lost. Writing unsentimentally and with insight about powerful subjects such as the death of his mother, caring for his father, and his own recent diagnosis of cancer, the poet speaks of and to his personal and historical life and also explores themes of elegy and friendship. Memories are woven vividly throughout a thematically varied yet coherent collection, in which a witty and moving pleasure in living and language is always to the fore.

The book will be published in April 2018, by Arc Publications. This is your chance to hear an early preview, in what promises to be an evocative and moving reading.

This event is supported by Durham University Centre for Poetry and Poetics. Find out more in the Facebook event.

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