Posted: 25 November 2010
Mick Imlah (1956 - 2009) was one of the most brilliant poets of his generation. He published just two collections, Birthmarks in 1988, and twenty years on, the long-awaited The Lost Leader, which won the Forward Prize, and was short-listed for the T S Eliot and Griffin prizes. Both volumes reveal a poetic sensibility that was wholly original: Imlah's poems are by turns lyrical, sardonic, hilarious, and unsettling; there is nothing quite like them in contemporary poetry.
This conference, timed to coincide with the publication of his Selected Poems (edited by Mark Ford and with an introduction by Alan Hollinghurst) will explore his life and work from a variety of angles. It will be followed by a reading of poems by or about Imlah by writers who knew and admired him, supported by the University of London's John Coffin Memorial Fund, by Faber, and by the Times Literary Supplement.
Friday 10 December 2010 Institute of English Studies, University of London, Senate House.
Registration: £35 Standard £25 IES Members/Unwaged
Source: Institute of English Studies
Categories: Poetry News