Alison Brackenbury and Michael O’Neill poetry reading

Poetry Live: Alison Brackenbury and Michael O’Neill

The Institute of Creative and Critical Writing

Date and time
04 Dec 2014 (6:00pm - 7:30pm)

Birmingham School of Art: Margaret Street

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The Institute of Creative and Critical Writing presents an evening of fine lyric poetry from Alison Brackenbury and Michael O’Neill. Wine and refreshments will be served.

Alison Brackenbury was born in 1953 in Lincolnshire. She went to the village school at Willoughton and then to Brigg High School. She studied for an English degree at St Hugh's College, Oxford. From 1990 until her retirement in 2012, she worked in the family metal finishing business in Gloucestershire. Her poetry has been broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, and her eighth poetry collection, 'Then', was published by Carcanet in 2013. In the words of the Gillian Clarke, the National Poet for Wales, "Alison Brackenbury loves, lives, hymns and rhymes the natural world and its people like no other poet".

Michael O'Neill was born in Aldershot in 1953 and moved to Liverpool in 1960. Since 1979 he has lectured in English at Durham University, where he is a Professor of English and currently an Assistant Director of the Centre for Poetry and Poetics. He co-founded and co-edited 'Poetry Durham' from 1982 to 1994. His recent critical books include, as co-author (with Michael D. Hurley), 'Poetic Form: An Introduction' (Cambridge University Press, 2012). He received an Eric Gregory Award in 1983 for his poetry and a Cholmondeley Award in 1990. His two previous collections of poems are 'The Stripped Bed' (Collins Harvill, 1990) and 'Wheel' (Arc, 2008). Michael will be reading from his new collection, 'Gangs of Shadow' (Arc, 2014), which brims with the energy of form and feeling for truths on the edge of language.

Location: G.01 Lecture Theatre, School of Art

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The Institute of Creative and Critical Writing is devoted to cultivating the literary arts and the life of ideas with public masterclasses, workshops and talks.

Based within the School of English at Birmingham City University, the activities of the Institute both enrich the University’s creative writing courses, through its series of masterclasses and guest authors, and engage with the wider culture beyond the University, through its calendar of public events.

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