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January 12th, Tuesday, 8:00pm
entry £1; refreshment available
Following on from Simon Image’s talk on William Blake’s stay in Lambeth, Micalef, renegade and underground poet who has stood for Mayor of London and who boasts once being Sky Television’s poet in residence and, even worse, being a good pal to Boris Johnson, will read from his own poetry (especially written for the evening) inspired by Blake.
January 15th, Friday, 8:00pm
OLIVIA BYARD, MARTYN CRUCEFIX & ANNETTE VOLFING
entry £3; refreshment available
Martyn Crucefix has won numerous prizes, including an Eric Gregory award and a Hawthornden Fellowship. He has published 7 collections of poetry, predominantly with Enitharmon Press, and translated Rilke; forthcoming in April is a new version ofLaozi’s Daodejing. Read an interview with Martyn here.
Olivia Byard has published three books of poetry. Olivia’s first collection, From a Benediction, was nominated for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection; her New and Selected Poems was published last year; her work has also been widely published in journals, magazines and anthologies both in Britain and abroad. She works in Oxford as a creative writing tutor. She feels strongly about the need for a better, green and sustainable society, and has published many letters in the Guardian.
Annette Volfing is an academic specialising in medieval German literature. She has had poetry published in a range of magazines.
January 23rd, Saturday, 7:30pm
OWEN LEWIS, GERALDINE CLARKSON, ALAN BUCKLEY
entry £2; refreshment available
Owen Lewis, a very welcome visitor from the United States, is the author of three collections of poetry: March in San Miguel, Sometimes Full of Daylight (of which Edward Hirsch wrote: “how rare to discover a first book that is a fully mature work of art”), and Best Man, published last year. He is a physician and professor at Columbia University, and has published widely in the professional literature.
Geraldine Clarkson has roots in the west of Ireland, was brought up and still lives in Warwickshire, but has spent time in a Peruvian monastic community. In 2015 she won the Anne Born Prize, the Magma Editors’ Prize, and the Ambit and Poetry London competitions. A selection of her work is included in Primers, forthcoming from Nine Arches Press in April this year.
Alan Buckley was brought up on Merseyside, and moved to Oxford in the mid-1980s. His debut pamphlet Shiver was a Poetry Book Society choice, and The Long Haul is forthcoming from HappenStance. He has been involved in numerous collaborative projects, and is currently developing a live literature show called The Body Beautiful with Helen Mort. He works as a psychotherapist, and as a school writer-in-residence for the charity First Story.
January 28th, Thursday 7:30pm
NANCY CAMPBELL with Lucy Newlyn, Kate Venables, Lavinia Singer, Andrew Smardon, Michael Loveday and Theophilus Kwek
entry £2; refreshment available
A celebration of winter weather around the world from poets Theophilus Kwek, Lucy Newlyn, Lavinia Singer, Andrew Smardon, Michael Loveday and Kate Venables. Nancy Campbell comperes, and reads from her new collection, Disko Bay.
January 14th / January 28th, Thursday, 7:30pm
The Back Room Poets meet routinely on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30pm. A friendly welcome assured. More details…