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Midsummer Muse


             Image: Andrew Dunn Midsummer Muse: Readings by Poets with links to the University of Leeds Poetry Centre Join the University of Leeds Poetry Centre on Thursday June 20th at 7pm for a midsummer celebration of poetry with readings by poets Zaffar Kunial, Helen Mort, John Whale, Rachel Bower, Jess Richards, and Matt Howard. Time:...

Launch of Matt Howard's Broadlands


Join us on the evening of May 8th for the launch of Matt Howard's second collection, Broadlands (Bloodaxe, 2024).  Everyone is welcome and admission is free, but please book your ticket via Eventbrite here. The poems of Matt Howard’s Broadlands are grounded in the reedbeds, meadows and marshes of the Norfolk Broads. They are closely...

Magma Launch


The University of Leeds Poetry Centre is hosting the northern launch of Magma magazine's latest issue 'Underworld' at which the editors Leo Boix, Ella Duffy, and Kate Simpson will introduce some of the poets featured in this 88th issue of the magazine: Jason Allen-Paisant, Rachel Bower, Linda France, Matt Howard, Zaffar Kunial, and Yvonne Reddick....

Poetry Reading by George Szirtes and Karl O'Hanlon


Join us in the Workshop Theatre on January 18 at 18.30 for a poetry reading by George Szirtes and Karl O'Hanlon. George Szirtes is an internationally acclaimed poet and translator and the winner of numerous literary prizes, including the T. S. Eliot Prize. Karl O'Hanlon's pamphlet And Now They Range was published by Guillemot in...

Zaffar Kunial Reading


Colleague Zaffar Kunial will be reading from England's Green (Faber 2022) in the Workshop Theatre at 17.30 on Tuesday December 12. This collection was shortlisted for the Laurel Prize and recently won the Ledbury Hellens Poetry Prize worth £5,000. Admission is free. All are welcome.

Sri Lankan Poetry Reading with Vidyan Ravinthiran, Pireeni Sundaralingam and Shash Trevett


The University of Leeds Poetry Centre and the Centre for World Literatures/International Writers at Leeds present a reading and discussion of poetry from Sri Lanka with the poets Vidyan Ravinthiran, Pireeni Sundaralingam and Shash Trevett. They will be reading from the new Bloodaxe Anthology Out of Sri Lanka: Tamil, Sinhala and English Poetry from Sri...

Poetry Showcase at the Ilkley Festival


The Poetry centre showcase returns to the Ilkley Literature Festival on its poetry day - Saturday 14th October. Join us for readings from poets Kimberly Campanello, Sarah Dawson, Lydia Kennaway, Sarah Jess Richards, Caitlin Stobie, and John Whale. Tickets at £10/£7 can be purchased from the Festival Box Office.

CANCELLED DUE TO INDUSTRIAL ACTION Language Is A Queer Thing: Poetry Readings and Q&A


  The University of Leeds Poetry Centre is proud to host Language Is A Queer Thing. Join us on the evening of Tuesday September 26 for a series of readings and a question & answer session with six emerging  queer poets (three British and Three Indian) - Jay Mitra, Anureet Watta, Mukahang Limbu, Hafsa Bukhary,...

The Spectral Child and the Archive: Liz Berry & Kimberly Campanello


Professor Kimberly Campanello's MOTHERBABYHOME (2019) and Liz Berry's The Home Child (2023) both constitute long form poetic works which engage closely with the archive in their evocation of the lives of children denied, erased or forgotten by the functioning of various state systems of care, whether the UK's 'Home Child' initiative or the mother and...