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                                            ‘Babylon 29’ by Jacqueline Bishop   The University of Leeds Poetry Centre is delighted to be able to host the online launch of Stand volume 19: number 4 on May 25 at 18.00. This issue guest-edited by Malika Booker and Shara McCallum  facilitates conversations between African American, Black British, & Caribbean Women & Women-Identifying…
Join us for a reading by the poets Kebedech TEKLEAB, Mihret KEBEDE, Misrak TEREFE, Hama TUMA, Bedilu WAKJIRA and Alemu TEBEJE, and translator, Chris BECKETT.  The readings will be in Amharic followed by English translations and they will be accompanied by Ethiopian music and discussion. The event is hosted by the University of Leeds Poetry …
Join us for the launch of the second Brotherton Poetry Prize anthology published by Carcanet on Monday 25 April at 7.30 – 9.00 in the Workshop Theatre on Cavendish Road near the entrance to the University campus. Tickets are free, but please register via Eventbrite for this event. Winning poets Lauren Pope, Helen Kay, Lucy…
The University of Leeds Poetry Centre and the School of English  are collaborating with Nanyang Technological University Singapore on ‘Ecoimaginings 2021’, an online conference to be held on the mornings of 11 and 12 December. This  conference is organized by the Asia Creative Writing Programme with the support of the National Arts Council of Singapore….
9 November, 7.00pm GMT Simon Armitage performs some of his own poetry at the heart of the recently transformed Wordsworth museum in Grasmere, now known as ‘Wordsworth Grasmere’. In celebration of the building’s £6.5 million reimagining, Simon was invited to perform in the new space against a backdrop of William Wordsworth’s own words. You can…
The University of Leeds Poetry Centre at the Ilkley Festival brings together readings from a number of exceptional poets associated with the thriving University of Leeds Poetry Centre and will also feature Poet in Residence and Leeds alumnus Ian Duhig and Apprentice Poet in Residence Rheima Robinson. Participating poets include: Charlotte Eichler, John Whale, Jeffrey Wainwright, Kimberly Campanello, Lydia Kennaway and Zaffar Kunial. The…
Joyelle McSweeney is the author of ten books of poetry, stories, novels, essays, translations and plays, including, most recently, the poetry double-volume Toxicon and Arachne (Nightboat Books) and The Necropastoral: Poetry, Media, Occults, a work of goth ecopoetics (University of Michigan Poets on Poetry series, 2015). Her verse play Dead Youth, or, the Leaks inaugurated…
Sean O’Brien’s tenth book of poems, It Says Here, is to be published by Picador in May 2020. It combines a new collection of poems and the book-length poem Hammersmith. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University. All welcome….
Celebrating the publication of the first Brotherton Poetry Prize Anthology by Carcanet. The launch event will include readings by the five poets shortlisted for the Brotherton Poetry Prize. The first Brotherton Poetry Prize attracted over four hundred entries. The five shortlisted poets, Pete Green, Maeve Henry, Dane Holt, Majella Kelly and Robyn Maree Pickens, will…
Loss takes many forms – from losing a precious watch to the loss of an important relationship. Loss comes, too, in a spectrum of experiences: the shattering death of a loved one, the loss of a country you’ve had to leave, the loss of a job you enjoyed – right down to the mundane annoyance…