Exeter Poetry Festival 2017 is on all week and there are events for every poetry lover to enjoy
Following the Festival reading by Linton Kwei Johnson on Thursday, now virtually sold out, there are two more first-class readings to round out the week and help poetry lovers build up a store of poetic goodies before winter sets in. The readings feature not one but two winners of Forward Poetry prizes, two Professors and the new editor of Poetry Review.
Kei Miller’s many books include the novel Augustown (W&N, 2016) and poetry collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (Carcanet, 2014) which won the Forward Prize (Best Poetry Collection of 2014). In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature. He is currently a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Exeter University.
Harry Man’s first pamphlet Lift won the Bridges of Struga Award in 2014, and his second pamphlet, a collaboration with the artist Sophie Gainsley, was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award in 2017. in 2016 he was a Hawthornden Fellow and a Clarissa Luard Wordsworth Trust Poet in Residence.
Emily Berry is the author of Dear Boy (Faber & Faber, 2013), which won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Hawthornden Prize, and Stranger, Baby (Faber & Faber, 2017), shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Forward Prize for Best Collection. A selection of her work also appears in Penguin Modern Poets 1: If We’re Scared We Can’t Win. She is the editor of The Poetry Review.
Andy Brown is an Associate Professor in English & Creative Writing, and Director of the Writing Programme at the University of Exeter. His most recent books of poetry are Watersong (Shearsman Books, 2015) and Exurbia (Worple 2014). He has recently co-edited A Body of Work: an anthology of poetry and medical writing (Bloomsbury, 2015).