1st Nov 7.30pm
Fleur Adcock and Kevin
ADCOCK is one of our most celebrated and best loved poets. Born
in Auckland, New Zealand, she moved to England in 1963. Her first
collection of poetry was published in 1964, and her Collected
Poems 1960-2000 was published twelve years ago. Disarmingly
conversational in style, her poems are remarkable for their psychological
insight and their unsentimental yet mischievous view of personal
relationships. Common themes are identity and place, human relationships
and everyday activities, but this mundanity is flavoured frequently
with a dark twist.
IRELAND was born in Auckland in 1933 and although based in England
for 25 years from 1959, he has consistently identified himself as
a New Zealand poet. He has published 18 collections of poetry and
his first book of prose was released in 1995, followed by a first
novel in 1996. He was awarded an OBE for services to literature,
and received a Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in
2004. He is commonly held to be one of New Zealand's greatest poets.
2nd Nov 7.30pm
David Herd and Simon
Smith with The-Quartet
featuring a performance of Rote-Thru £4
HERD is Professor of English Literature at the University of Kent.
His latest collection of poetry, All Just, was published
earlier this year by Carcanet, and its poems use broken phrases,
idioms and expressions from various and competing contexts. He is
a co-founder of the Sounds New Poetry festival and currently directs
the Centre for Modern Poetry in the School of English.
was for 16 years librarian at the Poetry Library in London and is
now lecturer at the University of Kent. He has published four collections
of poetry. He is a founder, with David Herd, of the arts collective
David and Simon
will read from their recent publications in the first-half, and
will perform ROTE/THRU, a collaborative book-length poem
written by David Herd and Simon Smith with music from The-Quartet,
in the second-half.
of THE-QUARTET will perform Rote/Thru this evening: Jack Hues (guitar),
Sam Bailey (piano, keyboard) and Liran Donin (double bass). The-Quartet
has established a fine reputation for dynamic, high octane performances
and are based in Kent.
Saturday 3rd Nov 7.30pm
John Hegley with George
HEGLEY is one of this country's most famous wearer of spectacles.
He wears them upon his nose. He also writes and recites poetry,
cutting his teeth on the streets of Hull and London in the 1970s
and 1980s and fronting the Popticians, with whom he recorded two
sessions for John Peel. He has since been a frequent performer of
his words, sung and spoken, on both local and national radio. He
has published ten books of verse and prose pieces, two CDs and one
mug. An Edinburgh Festival regular, he is noted for his exploration
of such diverse topics as dog hair, potatoes, handkerchieves and
the misery of human existence. A new collection, Peace, Love
and Potatoes, is to be published in October.
CHOPPING is customer focused, hard working, honest and flexible
in his approach to duties. He has a full driving licence with lots
of endorsements, a Welcome Host Certificate, seven GCSE's at grade
C, congenital heart disease, Crohn's Disease and at times very low
self esteem. He is a great performer and has a collection of verse
published by Unbound recently, Smoking With Crohn's.
Sunday 4th Nov 7.00pm
John Fuller with Oxford
FULLER, born in 1937, has published 15 collections of verse, including
Stones and Fires (1996), Now and for a Time (2002),
Song and Dance (2008) and a recent New Selected Poems
1983-2008; he has written over 50 books. John Fuller was mentored
by W.H. Auden and was influenced also by Eliot, Graves and Stevens.
His poetry displays a virtuosic ease within the constraints of formal,
metered verse; it is a poetry of ideas. In a 2006 interview with
Lidia Vianu, he explained that "a good poem takes some irresolvable
complication, worries it to death like a dog with a bone, and leaves
it still unresolved. The pleasure of the poem lies entirely in the
worrying, the verbal growling and play. Life itself stubbornly remains
entirely like a bone." In 1968 he founded the Sycamore Press,
which operated from his garage, and published many of the most important
poets of the latter-half of the twentieth century, such as W. H.
Auden, Philip Larkin and Peter Porter.
Members of Oxford's
STANZA poetry group will read this evening also, including Derek
Summers, Caroline Ashley, Hanne Busck-Nielsen, Sarianne Durie, Andrew
Smardon and with Jennifer A. McGowan and Michael Swan.
Monday 5th Nov 7.45pm
JAZZ & POETRY
Tina May (vocals) and
Nikki Iles (keyboards)
the classic American songbook £10
Tina will be
singing a selection from Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Kurt Weill and
MAY, one of the world's leading jazz vocalists, began her apprenticeship
in jazz in Paris in the early 1990s when she met up with Pascal
Gaubert and Patrick Villanueva, who invited her to have a jam with
them (these musicians recorded with Tina on a Live in Paris
album nearly twenty years later), and very soon Tina was performing
venues across Paris, in particular Le Caveau de la Huchette and
Le Slow Club became regular gigs. Tina is now a regular performer
at the top jazz and arts festivals as well as in broadcasts with
the BBC Big Band. She has toured extensively across Europe and the
Far East. She has received numerous awards including a silver medal
by The Worshipful Company of Musicians.
NIKKI ILES is
an outstanding pianist, composer and educator. She won the John
Dankworth Special Award at the 1996 BT British Jazz Awards and performs
often with Kenny Wheeler, Julian Arguelles, Tony Coe and other luminaries;
she has accompanied Tina May regularly for nearly twenty years.
Tuesday 6th Nov 7.30pm
Antonio Moura Brazilian poet
with translator Stefan Tobler [courtesy of Arc Publications] £2
MOURA's first English publication, Silence River, brings
his satirical, political and spiritual voice to English readers.
He is considered to be among the most resilient of Brazilian poets
writing today. He has published two previous books of original poetry
in Brazil. Earlier versions of some translations in Silence River
have appeared in Shearsman and Modern Poetry in Translation.
This is a rare opportunity to hear this highly-regarded Brazilian
poet, and promises to offer a double act of bossa poetry that has
travelled 6000 miles: robust and convincing.
is a Brazilian Englishman, born in the Amazon, who translates from
Portuguese and German. His translations appearing in 2012 include
Água Viva by Clarice Lispector (for Penguin Classics
UK and New Directions) and the poetry collection Silence River
by Antônio Moura (Arc Publications). He reads French and Spanish
Wednesday 7th Nov 7.30pm
Kevin Crossley-Holland and Liz
CROSSLEY-HOLLAND is a poet and prize-winning writer for children,
including the Seeing Stone trilogy. winner of the Guardian
Children's Fiction Award, the Smarties Prize Bronze Medal, and the
Tir na n-Og Award. He has translated Beowulf from the Anglo-Saxon,
and his retellings of traditional tale include The Penguin Book
of Norse Myths and British Folk Tales (The Magic Lands).
His collaborations with composers include two operas with Nicola
Lefanu, song cycles with Sir Arthur Bliss and William Mathias. Kevin
has written eight collections of poetry, and his new and selected
poems, The Mountains of Norfolk, was published by Enitharmon
Press last autumn. His poetry is inspired often as a response to
the landscape of Norfolk and Suffolk
BERRY was born in the Black Country and now lives in London. She
has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway and received an
Eric Gregory Award in 2009. Her poems have appeared in many of the
major UK magazines and on BBC Radio 3. Her debut pamphlet The
Patron Saint of School Girls was published by Tall-Lighthouse
in 2010. She is Emerging Poet in Residence at Kingston University
and a 2011/12 Arvon Jerwood mentee. Her cycle of poems focused on
the canals of Coventry and its hinterland are wonderfully evocative,
and portray a firm sense of place and of the past.
8th Nov 7.30pm
Vahni Capildeo, Inge
Milfull and Micalef
CAPILDEO's poetry has been widely anthologized. She teaches at the
University of Glasgow. Her first collection, No Traveller Returns
( Salt, 2003) was followed by Undraining Sea (Egg Box, 2009)
and was Highly Commended in the Forward Prize in 2009. Dark and
Unaccustomed Words is just published; a fourth collection, Utter,
INGE MILFULL is a lexicographer in the Etymology Group at the Oxford
English Dictionary. An active member of Oxford's Back Room Poets
and Stanza groups, she is working on her first collection.
(STEPHEN) MICALEF, friend of the Tory great including Boris Johnson
and an early ex-Punk journalist (he formed the movement's first
magazine but then bailed out of safety pins before it really took
off) is a voluminous poet, yet never published. He writes and recites
on the hoof, believing in spontaneity and constant invention; to
this end he will write poetry on lavatory cysterns and telephone
boxes, although his normal tablet is the back of an envelope, each
poem's length determined by the size of the envelope. It is rumoured
that he is Sky TV's resident poet and thereby receives a small amount
of corrupting largesse, which doesn't worry him. His artwork is
highly sought after.
Friday 9th Nov 7.30pm
Jane Draycott with the Back
Room Poets £4 [£2 for BRP members]
DRAYCOTT's latest collection Over was shortlisted for the
2009 T S Eliot Prize. Nominated three times for the Forward Prize
for Poetry, her first two full collections, Prince Rupert's Drop
and The Night Tree, were both Poetry Society Recommendations.
Other collections include Christina the Astonishing (with
Peter Hay and Lesley Saunders) and Tideway, a long sequence
of poems about London's working river (with paintings by Peter Hay).
Nominated as one of the Poetry Book Society's Next Generation poets
in 2004. She teaches on postgraduate writing programmes at Oxford
University and the University of Lancaster. Her new translation
of the 14th century dream-vision Pearl (2011), is a Poetry
Book Society Recommended Translation and was a Stephen Spender Prize-winner.
from the Back Room Poets this evening include Matt Bright, Gina
Wilson and Jenyth Worsley.
Monday 12th Nov 7.30pm
Giles Goodland and Paula
GOODLAND was born in Taunton, was educated at the universities of
Wales and California, took a D.Phil at Oxford, has published several
books of poetry including A Spy in the House of Years, Capital,
What the Things Sang and Gloss. He works as a lexicographer
and lives in West London; he writes also on Shakespeare. A versatile
poet, not pinned down to any particular style or format, he is critically
acclaimed; he won the 2010 Cardiff International Poetry Competition.
This evening's recital will include readings from his newly published
collection The Dumb Messengers.
CLAIRE started to write poetry in 1961, newly graduated from University
College in London; her first publication was in 1968 and her first
reading in 1969. She met Bob Cobbing - the hub of British avant
garde poetry until his death in 2002 - in 1969, and he was to have
a major influence on the direction her poetry would take in the
following years; for over 25 years they performed together as part
of Koncrete Canticle. Still giving recitals, Paula also runs her
own Archive of Sound and Visual Poetry, the largest collection of
such work in the UK, and she is a recognized authority on twentieth-century
avant garde poetry. She became a Fellow of the Royal Society of
Arts 2003 in recognition of a lifetime devoted to poetry. Paula
does not use the term 'audience' because ever since her first recital
she has incorporated vocal participation and considers poetry to
be an oral and communal art. She has devised two kinds of participation:
'responsive voices', simple repetitions of key words and phrases,
and 'interactive voices', which involves everyone having an annotated
Tuesday 13th Nov 7.45pm
JAZZ & POETRY EVENT
Christian Garrick (violin) and
David Gordon (keyboards)
a recreation of Michael Garrick & Jeremy
Robson's jazz/poetry evenings £10
world's leading jazz violinist, Christian Garrick with his regular
accompanist Dave Gordon, lead an evening of jazz and poetry.
father, jazz pianist and composer Michael Garrick, was musical director
of Jeremy Robson's Poetry and Jazz Roadshow which featured legendary
poets Laurie Lee, Adrian Mitchell, Vernon Scannell, Spike Milligan
and many others. Michael Garrick was also a poet himself, and tonight's
concert will be interspersed with some of his poetry.
Thursday 15th Nov 7.30pm
Helen Moore and Niall
MOORE is an ecopoet based in Frome, Somerset. Helen publishes poetry,
essays and reviews in various anthologies and journals. She regularly
performs her poetry at events and conferences around the UK, and
also works as a children's author, community artist and Forest Schools
practitioner (Shared Earth Learning Project and Bath Forest School).
poet NIALL McDEVITT confronts taboo subjects such as unemployment,
alienation, poverty, immigration, not with confessions but with
parables. Art and the artistic genius of London is ringingly affirmed.
Here we depart from the 'whatever you say, say nothing' school.
McDevitt is a maverick in the David Gascoyne/John Wieners/Michael
Hartnett line. He has worked as an actor with Ken Campbell's company,
as Pidgin poet/translator on John Peel's Home Truths, and
as an activist has campaigned to secure the future of the Rimbaud/Verlaine
House at 8 Royal College Street, and for the release of poet Saw
Wai from Insein prison in Burma. His collection b/w was published
by Waterloo Press.
15th Nov 9.30pm
Danny Chivers £2
CHIVERS is a freelance environmental writer, researcher, and activist
based in Oxford. You might expect so-called eco-warriors to be bull-horn
wielding bullies who crash and stamp around with their agendas gouged
into their boot heels, but there is another kind as well. A kinder,
gentler, fluffier brand of tree-hugging gadfly who smiles as he
scolds and rhymes as he teaches. He's a self-proclaimed eco-geek
who besides being a teacher, a freelance writer, a social commentator,
an analyst and an activist is a performance poet who thinks of himself
as a "cheerful mischief-maker."
England, young Chivers began his foray into performance poetry in
2006 upon achieving his second masters degree and by 2007 became
that town's unlikely Hammer & Tongue Slam Poetry Champion. His
poems use wit and simple rhyming
schemes to point out the folly of modern energy use and and tackles
such topics as global warming, nuclear power, coal, and consumerism
run amok. His delivery is upbeat, fast-paced and even quite silly
at times, but this surface treacle hides biting sarcasm and hard-hitting
social commentary the likes of which would make Dr. Suess himself
proud (remember the cute little Lorax and his poor little forest?).
Friday 16th Nov 7.30pm
Michael Horovitz with Dan
Paul Askew £5
HOROVITZ is simply a poetry legend. The youngest of ten children
brought to England from Nazi Germany, Michael studied at Brasenose
and whilst still a student started his magazine New Departures,
publishing Burroughs, Beckett, Stevie Smith, Ginsberg and others.
Associated with the British Poetry Revival, he attained folklore
prominence when he performed at the Royal Albert Hall in 1965 alongside
Ginsberg (a close friend) and Alexander Trocchi; in 1969 Penguin
published his Children of Albion Anthology. Michael is perhaps
the Albion Beatnik primus inter pares, and has performed on his
own, with the American beats, with younger British poets, in a touring
jazz show (and still with British jazz legend and pianist Stan Tracey)
for over 50 years. Michael stood as Professor of Poetry at Oxford
University in 2010 as a late entry candidate (and was enthusiastically
supported by the Albion Beatnik).
HOLLOWAY is the poet laureate of the Albion Beatnik: his poetry
is visceral, emotional and raw. He is also the Colonel Bilko of
the Oxford Literary Unestablishment, an internet (and tactile) publisher,
founder of Eight Cuts Gallery, and a prolific blogger.
ASKEW is the poetic sex thimble of Oxford, a promiscuous performer,
using repetitive sound and internal rhyme, tells stories and nags
at the surreal or comic sides of things.
Saturday 17th Nov 8.00pm
Maria Rosendo - Galician poet,
with Galician music from Mano Panforreteiro £4
PRIEGO was born in 1984 and has lived in Vigo, the olive tree city,
until the age of eighteen when she began a journey that took her
from Compostela to Madrid, Sweden, Buenos Aires and Chiapas. With
her restlessness as background, the poems move in search of a space
of their own, a space that from now on will be built of capital
letters; the spaces she walks through have women's names, the women
in whom she seeks the truth of knowing that we are free. In Spring
2011 she published her first collection of poems, Nomade,
which was awarded the XXIII Xosé María Pérez
Pallaré National Poetry Prize. In 2010 she also won the VII
O Condado Feminist Literary Contest. She knows that the path to
emancipation lies in the strength of women.
works as a composer, musician and actor. He seeks to remove barriers
between disciplines and frontiers between cultures with his band
Kibitka, his theatrical piece I Hear That in New York using
the poetry of Brecht and the songs of Eisler with the German singer
Sabine Müller, and to form duos with the Belorussian accordionist
Vadim Yukhnevich, the Belgian saxophonist Anne Gennen and the English
concertinist Anthony Dudson; this is also the essence of his artistic
Sunday 18th Nov 7.00pm
Jenny Lewis with nine Oxford
LEWIS is a poet, playwright, children's author and songwriter who
specializes in cross disciplinary work combining poetry with other
art forms. She first trained as a painter at the Ruskin School of
Art before reading English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. She has published
two books of poetry (When I Became an Amazon, 1996 and Fathom,
Carcanet 2007) and has had several plays and poetry cycles performed
at theatres across the UK including her verse drama After Gilgamesh
(for Pegasus Theatre, Oxford) in 2011. She teaches poetry at Oxford
University and her next collection, Taking Mesopotamia, is
forthcoming from Carcanet.
Jenny will be
reading with nine local poets drawn from Stanza II and others, including
David Attwooll, Stella Shakerchi, Julie Dyson, Jane Spiro, John
Daniel, Ben Parker and Caroline Dixon-Ward, with musical interludes
from the Albion Sputnik Austerity Quartet and Mark Bosley.
19th Nov 6.00pm
to Poem-Pictures with Nick Owen [free event]
Patrick McGuinness, Richard
Gwyn and Philip Morre £4
McGUINNESS was born in Tunisia in 1968 of Belgian and Newcastle
Irish parents, and brought up in Iran, Venezuela, France, Belgium
and Romania. He is Professor of French and Comparative Literature,
and his books include two collections of poems, The Canals of
Mars (2004) and Jilted City (2010), and several editions,
notably of the modernist poet Lynette Roberts and T.E. Hulme, and
a translation of Mallarmé's For Anatole's Tomb. He
also writes under the pseudonym Liviu Campanu, a Romanian poet exiled
to Constanta, whose sequence City of Lost Walks appears in Patrick's
collection Jilted City. Originally Mr Campanu was invented
as a character for Patrick's novel, The Last Hundred Days,
and was given a few lines of poetry then dropped from the novel
for slowing down its already glacial pace. He was recuperated as
a stand-alone poet, and his collection, translated by Patrick, will
appear in English in 2013 as City of Lost Walks. Patrick
appears often on the radio.
GWYN was brought up in South Wales. After anthropology at the LSE
and a brief sojourn as punk poet, rising to support act for The
Cure, he became in turn a London milkman, a Cretian fisherman and
a pilgrim in Northern Spain. He now wears long trousers as Director
of the MA in Creative Writing at Cardiff University. He has had
many collections of poetry published, edited a Welsh anthology,
and written two novels; his most recent books are Sad Giraffe
Café (2010), a collection of prose poems, and The
Vagabond's Breakfast (2011).
is a second-hand and antiquarian bookseller based in Venice. Venice
is an intermittent presence in his poems. His first full collection
of poetry, The Sadness of Animals, has been published recently.
Tuesday 20th Nov 8.30pm
Open Spotlight night with Moogieman
- an open-mic of sorts £2
21st Nov 7.30pm
Bernard O'Donoghue, John
Elinger and Patrick Mackie
O'DONOGHUE was born in Cullen, Co. Cork in 1945. He is a Fellow
of Wadham College, Oxford, where he teaches Medieval English. He
has published six collections of poetry including The Weakness
(1991), Gunpowder (winner of the 1995 Whitbread Award for
Poetry), Here Nor There (1999), Outliving (2003) and
Farmers Cross (2011); his Selected Poems was published
by Faber in 2008. He is recognized as one of the leading poets writing
was born in 1935 and lives in Jericho, Oxford (and is a member of
the Jericho Poets). He has recently published two collections of
poems, Still Life and Operatic Interludes. He won
the first prize in the Local Poems Competition of 2009. He prefers
formal to free verse, and is interested in the poetry of ideas as
much as that of feeling.
published Excerpts From the Memoirs Of A Fool with Carcanet
when in his early twenties, and he has been published since by Poetry
Review and the Paris Review. He was a Visiting Fellow
at Harvard in the late-1990s, and is currently researching a book
Oh yeh, John
taught Bernard, Bernard taught Patrick.
Friday 23rd Nov 7.30pm-midnight
LICENSED EVENT a party evening
with the New Libertines £2
NEW LIBERTINES stand for human experience in its glorious, messy,
complex entirety, and stand against everything that is blank, bleak,
and brutal, one dimensional or slick in contemporary culture, especially
current literary culture. With roots that spread to burlesque, Beat,
fin de siecle France and ecstatic mystics before slapping its influences
around the face with a knuckle-dusting of postmodern wit and Modernist
anger, New Libertinism is a celebration of light in dark corners,
desire in the face of boredom, despair hidden beneath the underskirts
of affluence - of everything it means to be human.
A night of decadence,
darkness and wit from the Oxford-based proggers of the poetry world
whose touring show has played to full houses in Manchester, Birmingham,
Oxford, Covent Garden Poetry Cafe, Chipping Norton Literary Festival
and Stoke Newington Literary Festival.
Sunday 25th Nov 5.00pm
Poet's House Readings [with
cake and tea] £3
Jo Bell, Helen
Mort and Alan Buckley
BELL is a former archaeologist and boat dweller. She has been Glastonbury
Festival Poet in Residence, Director of National Poetry Day and
Cheshire Poet Laureate. Her collection Navigation charts
her journey through tricky relationships, odd occupations and into
boat-dwelling. A native of the Peak District, she made a 250-mile
odyssey by canal to Wiltshire this summer and is writing a non-fiction
book about it.
MORT was born in Sheffield in 1985. Her collection Division Street
is forthcoming from Chatto & Windus. She has published two pamphlets
with tall-lighthouse, The Shape of Every Box and A Pint
for the Ghost, which was a Poetry Book Society choice for spring
2010. She was Poet in Residence at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere
from 2010-2011, and is currently researching metaphor, contemporary
poetry, and the influence of neuroscience at Sheffield University.
BUCKLEY moved from Merseyside to Oxford in the 1980s to study English
Literature and has lived there ever since. His pamphlet Shiver
(tall-lighthouse) was a Poetry Book Society choice for summer 2009.
He has won first prize in the Wigtown Poetry Competition, been commended
twice in the Bridport Prize, and was shortlisted for the inaugural
Picador Poetry Prize. He works for the charity First Story as a
writer in residence at a local secondary school.
interludes from Lewis Newcombe-Jones on guitar.
Monday 26th Nov 7.30pm
MIXED MEDIA RAZZMATAZZ
Ross Sutherland, Henry
Stead and others £5
an evening with the Jericho Poets
28th Nov 7.30pm
Jamie McKendrick and Mark
McKENDRICK was born in Liverpool in 1955. He is the author of six
collections of poetry: The Sirocco Room (1991), The Kiosk
on the Brink (1993), The Marble Fly (1997, winner of
the Forward Poetry Prize, Best Poetry Collection of the Year, and
a Poetry Book Society Choice), Ink Stone (2003, which was
shortlisted for the 2003 TS Eliot Prize and the 2003 Whitbread Poetry
Award), Crocodiles & Obelisks (2007, shortlisted for
the Forward Prize), and a brilliant new collection, Out There,
is just published in October this year; a selection of his poems
was published as Sky Nails in 2000. He is editor of 20th-Century
Italian Poems (2004) and his translations of Magrelli, Pasolini
and Bassani have been published.
FORD was born in 1962. He has published three collections of poetry
with Faber, Landlocked (1992), Soft Sift (2001) and
Six Children (2011). He is also the author of a critical
biography of Raymond Roussel and a two collections of essays. He
teaches in the English Department at University College, London.
Thursday 29th Nov 7.30pm
Bring Along Some Poetry (Please)
bring a poem to read with Sally Bayley
and Sam Willetts
JAZZ & POETRY
Sarah Gillespie (vocals, guitar),
Gilad Atzmon (saxophone) and
Max Turnball (keyboards)
beat poetry with Middle-Eastern sounds
beat singer and poet Sarah Gillespie returns to the Albion Beatnik
with song and poetry, much inspired by the American Beatniks. With
much sought after and world renown saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and
brilliant piano discovery Max Turnball, repertoire from her last
three recordings will be interspersed with some of her beat inspired
poetry, often with musical accompaniment. A very exciting evening
is promised, with twists and new explorations of old (and new) material.
is simply one of the world's finest and most inventive jazz saxophonists
and an outspoken commentator on the state of Jewish identity.
Sunday 2nd Dec 5.00pm
Poet's House seasonal stanzas
with mince pies £3
5th Dec 7.30pm
Isobel Dixon, Roisin
Tierney and Simon Barraclough
DIXON lives in Cambridge, works in London, and returns often to
her native South Africa. She has published three collections of
poetry: Weather Eye, A Fold In the Map, and last year's
The Tempest Prognosticator.
TIERNEY was born in Dublin in 1963 and studied Psychology and Philosophy
at University College Dublin, and moved to London in 1985; along
the way she lived in Spain. Her recent collection, Dream Endings,
won the Michael Marks Pamphlet Award 2012. It begins with a glimpse
of the poet's dying sister and concludes in high style with an unusually
exuberant funeral; in between, Dream Endings assembles a
cast of misfits and eccentrics to explore illness, madness, incest
and death. Chair of Judges Alan Jenkins said "Roisin Tierney's
subjects may be the dark ones of human vulnerability and anguish,
but the poems in this wonderfully cohesive and well-organized sequence
rest on solid and graceful foundations of precision, musicality
BARRACLOUGH is the author of the Forward-shortlisted Los Alamos
Mon Amour (2008), the limited edition mini-book Bonjour Tetris
(2010) and a second full collection, Neptune Blue (2011);
his most recent publication is Psycho Poetica (2012).