Patience Agbabi performing ‘Prologue to the Canterbury Tales’ – See her at Exeter Poetry Festival – 6th October
Tuesday 6th October
Venue: Exeter College Theatre, Ground Floor, CCI Building, off Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3SP
Facilitated by Andy Brown, Director of Writing at the University of Exeter, inviting open questions from the audience after the readings.
PATIENCE AGBABI poet, lecturer and cutting-edge word artist who draws on rap, jive and other musical influences, melding traditional poetic forms with contemporary idiom. She will be reading fromTelling Tales (Canongate, 2014), short-listed for The Ted Hughes Award – a portrayal of 29 characters encountered at different stops along the way from the Old Kent Road to Canterbury, the Seven Deadly Sins also featuring in this vibrantly executed collection. This is her fourth book after R.A.W. (Gecko Press, 1995), Transformatrix(Canongate, 2000), and Bloodshot Monochrome (Canongate, 2008).
IAN DUHIG former homelessness worker whose poetry and dazzling lexicology draws inspiration from a wide range of artists and forms including art and music – from the medieval with The Clerks early music ensemble, to the avant-garde with Christopher Fox. Ian has written six books of poetry with his seventh, The Blind Man’s Roaddue out from Picador in February 2016. Winner of the Forward Best Poem Prize, the National Poetry Competition twice, three times shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and joint winner of a Shirley Jackson Award for one of his short stories. Ian is a Cholmondeley Award recipient. He will be reading from The Speed of Dark (Picador, 2007) and other collections. They include The Bradford Count (Bloodaxe, 1991), The Mersey Goldfish (Bloodaxe, 1994),Nominies (Bloodaxe, 1998) and The Lammas Hireling (Picador, 2003).
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