Poetry: Jo Bell & Malika Booker, Guest: Douglas Dunn

Poetry: Jo Bell & Malika Booker, Guest: Douglas Dunn

Date(s) - Mon 16th Apr - Sat 21st Apr, 2018
5:00pm - 10:00am

Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT

Conversations & Couplings

Much of our writing happens as a conversation with others. We absorb and respond to other poets (alive or dead); we write about actual or imagined conversations; and we’re constantly talking to ourselves. This week we’ll write about talking, talk about writing, and explore some of the forms that allow us the fullest freedom to express what we want to say in private or public.

Jo Bell is described by Carol Ann Duffy as ‘one of the most exciting poets now writing.’ Her awards include the Charles Causley Prize and the Manchester Cathedral Prize. Formerly director of National Poetry Day and the first Canal Laureate, she works across the UK. In her writing she aims for an absolutely unsentimental
tenderness, and her teaching is marked by a ‘robust kindness’. Her global workshop project 52 won a Saboteur Award in 2015.

Malika Booker is an international writer whose work is seeped in anthropological research methodology and rooted in storytelling. Breadfruit (flippedeye, 2007) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and Pepper Seed (Peepal Tree Press, 2013) was longlisted for the OCM Bocas prize and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize (2014). She is published in The Penguin Modern Poet Series 3:Your Family: Your Body (2017), and her poem Nine Nights was on the Forward Prize Single poem shortlist. She was the Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow in Creative Writing at University of Leeds and is now an LHRI Fellow at that same university.

In a distinguished poetic career, Douglas Dunn has won the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Hawthornden Prize and the Whitbread Book of the Year. New Selected Poems 1964-2000 draws substantially upon the entire range of Dunn’s poetry, from Terry Street (l969) to The Year’s Afternoon (2000). He was born in 1942 and grew up in Inchinnan in Renfrewshire. He worked as a librarian in Britain and the United States until 1971, when he became a full-time writer. He has published ten collections of poetry, and has edited The Faber Book of Twentieth-Century Scottish Poetry. In 1991 he was appointed Professor in the School of English at the University of St Andrews. His most recent collection, The Noise of a Fly, was published in 2017.

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