'Poetry Cuts' Coverage

Posted: 7 June 2011

Our 'Poetry Cuts' benefit, held Friday 3rd June, was a great success. Flambard Press, Enitharmon Press, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, 30 poets and an appreciative audience arrived in the Institute of Education's Logan Hall for an evening of great poetry from some of the biggest names around. Channel 4 News covered the event and you can see their report here. Radio 4 also covered the event on their 6 o'clock news on Friday.

We're really grateful to everyone who came to the Logan Hall on such a beautiful evening, and our thanks go to Carol Ann, all the poets and publishers involved, as well as Imtiaz Dharker, Daniel Powell and the rest of the Poetry Live team.

Here's who read at the benefit - we're just in the process of editing a video of the entire performance, so watch this space for more details...

Pascale Petit
grew up in France and Wales. Her latest collection, What the Water Gave Me was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.

Luke Wright
John Cooper Clarke says of him, "He must be on some kind of dope."

Martha Kapos

grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her new collection, Supreme Being, is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

Daljit Nagra
was the first poet to win the Forward Prize for his first collection of poetry, as well as for its title poem, 'Look, We Have Coming to Dover!'

Jane Draycott's
latest collection Over was shortlisted for the 2009 T S Eliot Prize. She has also won several awards for her audio work.

Caroline Bird's
first book of poems was published when she was just 15. She is the youngest writer to have been shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, not once but twice.

Ruth Fainlight
who was born in New York, is a poet, short story writer, translator and librettist.

Carola Luther
originally from South Africa, she has a new collection coming in July from Carcanet.

Nii Ayikwei Parkes
,
from Ghana, writes short stories, articles and songs as well as poetry.

Jane Duran
was brought up in the US and Chile. Her Breathe Now, Breathe, was awarded the Forward Prize for best first collection

Ann Gray
is based in Cornwall. Her most recent collection is At The Gate.

George Szirtes,
Budapest-born refugee, T S Eliot Prize-winner, translator, prolific blogger.

Penelope Shuttle's
latest book, Sandgrain and Hourglass is, according to the Guardian ‘a moving collection much preoccupied with what poetry can and cannot do when confronted by mortality.'

Grace Nichols
was born in Guyana. Her most recent collection is Picasso I want my face back.

Fleur Adcock
Born in New Zealand, she started writing when she was five. Her latest book is Dragon Talk.

Gillian Clarke
National Poet of Wales. This year she was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate.

Michael Symmons Roberts
As well as poetry, he writes fiction, libretti and scripts for radio and TV.

Jacob Sam-la Rose
has been described as ‘a poet, web geek, edutainer and all round literary whirlwind.'

Carol Rumens
says,' I hate attaching labels to myself. Am I a poet? I hope so but how can I be sure? I would rather describe myself
simply as someone who loves language.'

Clare Shaw
is, according to herself, ‘a lazy vegan, an ex-catholic and an anarchist with conventional values.'

John Agard
One of the most charismatic performers in contemporary poetry.

Fiona Sampson
Editor of the Poetry Review, her Rough Music was shortlisted for both the Forward Prize and the T. S. Eliot Prize.

Imtiaz Dharker
calls herself a Glaswegian Pakistani Calvinist Muslim adopted by India and Wales. She is an artist and film-maker as well as a poet.

Annie Freud
is the daughter of painter Lucian Freud, the great grand daughter of Sigmund Freud. The Mirabelles was short-listed for the T S Eliot prize this year.

Rosie Bailey
is herself a poet, but is reading tonight for U A Fanthorpe.

Patience Agbabi
Is currently working on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales with a new twist, relocating them to a Routemaster bus and setting the Knight's Tale in the Elephant and Castle shopping centre.

Hugo Williams'
latest collection, West End Final, was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize.

Elaine Feinstein
is a poet, novelist, short-story writer, playwright, biographer and translator.

David Harsent
His most recent collection, Night, was Poetry Book Society Choice for Spring 2011 and shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.

Christopher Reid's
book, A Scattering, won the Costa Book Award in the poetry category and overall Best Book of the Year in 2010.


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