Fiona Benson reading at Exeter Central Library on Saturday 4th October 2014

Fiona Benson

Fiona Benson completed an MLitt in Creative Writing at St Andrews University in 2003 and received an Eric Gregory Award in 2006. Her pamphlet was published as part of the Faber New Poets series in 2009, and her first full-length collection Bright Travellers was published by Cape in May of this year. Bright Travellers is shortlisted for the Forward Felix Dennis Prize for first collection and for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. She lives near Exeter with her husband James Meredith and their daughters, Isla and Rose.

Bright Travellers

Almond Blossom

This morning, love, I’m tired and grave.
I can barely hear the wintered bird’s small song
over the hum of the central heating.
It’s hard to believe,

but spring will be a green havoc
as the trees burst their slums
and the dirt breaks open to admit
crocus-spear and cyclamen;

and though you can’t yet feel it
earth’s already begun
her slow incline, inch by ruined inch,
easing you back from the brink.

Saturday 4th October – Evening




Venue: Exeter Central Library

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Tickets: £10

Our final reading brings Fiona Benson, fresh from reading at theForward Prize for Best First Collection for her widely acclaimed Bright Travellers, together with American poet Carrie Etter, whose latest work, Imagined Sons, was described by Bernard O’Donoghue as simply “of the utmost importance.”


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