The Institute of Creative and Critical Writing is proud to host the Next Generation Poets national tour at Birmingham City University. You are warmly invited to join us for this special event, held in partnership with Writing West Midlands and the Poetry Book Society.
Next Generation Poets 2014 is a promotion of the 20 most exciting new poets who have published their first collection in the last decade: http://nextgenerationpoets.com
Our event will feature the Next Generation poets Emily Berry and Sean Borodale, who will be reading together with Stephen Morrison-Burke, Birmingham Poet Laureate 2012-13.
Wine and refreshments will be served.
This event is FREE to students and staff of Birmingham City University, but PLEASE BOOK by calling The Box on 0121 245 4455.
This is also a public event, charged at £8/£6 for guests who are not members of the University, so please spread the word: public bookings should be made using the following link: http://www.writingwestmidlands.org/event/next-generation-poets-2014/
Here is some more information on the poets:
Emily Berry grew up in London and studied English Literature at Leeds University and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College. She works as a freelance writer and co-edits the anthology series Stop Sharpening Your Knives and is a contributor to The Breakfast Bible, a compendium of breakfasts published by Bloomsbury. In 2008 she received an Eric Gregory Award and her first pamphlet stingray fevers was published by tall lighthouse. Dear Boy (Faber) was awarded the 2013 Forward Prize for Best First Collection.
Sean Borodale works as a poet and artist, making scriptive and documentary poems written on location; this derives from his process of writing and walking for works such as Notes for an Atlas (Isinglass, 2003) and Walking to Paradise (1999). He was selected for the Granta New Poets series in 2012 and his first collection of poetry, Bee Journal (Jonathan Cape, 2012), was a PBS Recommendation and was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize. His second collection, Human Work, is published in February 2015 by Jonathan Cape. He lives in Somerset and is currently Creative Writing Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge.
Stephen Morrison-Burke is a Spoken Word Artist/Poet from Birmingham who has won multiple poetry slam competitions, taken part in theatrical projects and performed at various festivals in front of hundreds of people. Stephen has supported the likes of Buddy Wakefield and Linton Kwesi Johnson, performed in front of Prince William, and was named National Slam Champion in 2014. He recently performed his work on a special Midlands edition of Poetry Please on BBC Radio 4. Stephen was Birmingham Poet Laureate 2012/13.
I hope you can join us – and look forward to seeing you there.
Dr Gregory Leadbetter
Reader in Literature and Creative Writing
Director, Institute of Creative and Critical Writing
Director, MA in Writing