Friday, May 30, 2008

LONDON: Poetry London Summer 2008 launch reading

Wednesday, 18th June 2008, 6.30pm, free entrance, free wine.
The Gallery,
2nd Floor,
113-119 Charing Cross Road,
London WC2
Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Readings by Bill Manhire, Pauline Stainer, Fred D’Aguiar and Greta Stoddart.

Fred D'Aguiar’s poetry, novels and drama have received much, and growing, acclaim. His poetry includes Bill of Rights (1998), a long narrative poem about the Jonestown massacre in Guyana in 1979, which is told in Guyanese versions of English, fusing patois, Creole and nation-language with the standard vernacular; it was shortlisted for the 1998 T.S.Eliot Prize. An English Sampler: New and Selected Poems was published by Chatto in 2001.
Bill Manhire is an award-winning New Zealand poet and short story writer. His work has won the New Zealand Book Awards poetry prize five times, in 1978, 1985, 1992,1996. His most recent collection Lifted was published by Carcanet in 2007.
Pauline Stainer’s poetry explores sacred myth, legend, history-in-landscape, and human feeling -- and their connections to the 'inner landscapes' of the imaginative mind. The Lady and the Hare: New and Selected Poems was published by Bloodaxe in 2003 and was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.Her seventh collection from Bloodaxe, Crossing the Snowline is due in October this year.
Greta Stoddart was born in Henley-on-Thames in 1966, and grew up in Belgium and Oxford. Her poetry has been published widely in magazines and anthologies, and her first collection, At Home in the Dark, was published in 2001. It won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize (Best First Collection). Her second collection, Salvation Jane, is due from Anvil in September this year.

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