Events

Pascale Petit was born in Paris, grew up in France and Wales and lives in Cornwall. She is of French/Welsh/Indian heritage. Her seventh poetry collection Mama Amazonica, published by Bloodaxe in 2017. It won the 2018 RSL Ondaatje Prize, was shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize, and was a Poetry Book Society Choice. Petit’s sixth collection,…

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Carlos Soto Román (born Valparaíso, Chile, 1977) is a pharmacist, poet and translator and holds a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. In Chile he has published La Marcha de los Quiltros (1999), Haikú Minero (2007), Cambio y Fuera (2009), 11 (2017) and d=m/v (2018). In Philadelphia USA he was a member of The New Philadelphia Poets, a student of the…
Kendel Hippolyte is a poet, playwright and director from St Lucia. He has published seven collections of poetry, the latest being Wordplanting (Peepal tree, 2019). His 2013 collection Fault Lines won the Bocas Poetry Prize and he is the holder of a St Lucia Gold Medal of Merit for Contribution to the Arts. His writing ranges…
Poet Zaffar Kunial will be reading work inspired by his recent residency at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth. Zaffar was commissioned by the Museum to explore the enigmatic and extraordinary Patrick Brontë as part of their bicentennial celebrations. A selection of Brontë related manuscripts will be on display from the University of Leeds Library’s…
Professor Edward Chamberlin, author of Come Back to Me My Language: Poetry and the West Indies, will give a talk followed by a question and answer session. There will also be a guest reading by Jamaican Laureate Lorna Goodison. J. Edward Chamberlin is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto….
Poetry in China and the UK is currently enjoying renewed interest and popularity – as well as a new set of challenges. The ancient and often traditional art form of poetry now contends with new modes of communication through social media. This event aims to establish a conversation between key practitioners in both countries to…
Poetry By Design: a Reappraisal of Concrete and Visual Poetry We are delighted to announce the opening of a new exhibition at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery (Parkinson Building, University of Leeds) curated by Professor Fiona Becket and Dr Emma Trott which examines creativity and visual poetics. The exhibition explores visual and concrete poetry,…
Hosted by the University of Leeds Poetry Centre in aid of Child.org’s ‘Team Mum’ campaign. You are invited to Leeds’s first ever poetry charity ‘cabaret’ (think performance poetry with wine!). Expect a mixture of students, staff and local Leeds poets sharing their thoughts in verse on the theme of parenthood and/or childhood.  Confirmed speakers so…
Book Launch of Opposite: Poems, Philosophy and Coffee by Aaron Meskin and Helen Mort with jazz from Skwid Ink (Tight Lines) and hip-hop DJ set from Greg Surmacz (Paper Tiger/Captain Over) Co-sponsored by the Centre for Aesthetics, HPBC, The State of the Arts, and The University of Leeds Poetry Centre. What happens when poetry and…
The Poetry Centre invites you to the launch of Vahni Capildeo’s latest book of poems, Skin Can Hold (Carcanet, 2019). Vahni Capildeo, author of Measures of Expatriation (Forward Prize, 2016), returns with a third Carcanet volume, Skin Can Hold. The collection marks an adventurous departure for a pen-and-paper poet. These texts are the fruit of collaborative experiments in…
Douglas Caster Fellow Vahni Capildeo and renowned poet Malika Booker are taking part in a  spectacular evening of Caribbean culture, poetry and music  on 27th March. Further information and tickets here: https://bit.ly/2Hx42hK.