As a preview of Sean O’Brien’s reading at the Exeter Barnfield Theatre on Thursday October 3rd at 7.30pm when he will be sharing the stage with Jo Shapcott, here here reads from ‘November’ at the Griffin Poetry Prize:
Festival National Poetry Day Reading: Jo Shapcott and Sean O’Brien perform at the Barnfield Theatre Exeter on Thursday 3rd October at 7.30pm
Thursday 3rd October 2013
Exeter Barnfield Theatre, 7.30pm – £12.50
Book at the Barnfield box office online or phone 01392 271808
Two of British poetry’s leading lights, together in Exeter, for one night only.
Sean O’Brien’s first six individual poetry collections all won awards, most recently The Drowned Book, which won both the Forward and T.S. Eliot Prizes. Sean’s work explores issues at the heart of contemporary Britain. His recent poem Oysterity , published on the eve of the Government’s last pre-budget statement, scrutinizes the topical themes of consumption and regret. The Guardian calls him ‘ a poet of unabashed political engagement, wit and humour’ . His Collected Poems was published in 2012.
Jo Shapcott has won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the National Poetry Competition (twice) and in 2011 was awarded the prized Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. The Observer praised Jo’s most recent collection, Of Mutability, which won the Costa Book of the Year, as poems that ‘ keep shifting ground, subtly transforming themselves – you need to watch Jo Shapcott like a hawk…’