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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...

Where Else: An International Hong Kong Anthology Reading


To celebrate the launch of Where Else: An International Hong Kong Poetry Anthology, published by Verve Poetry Press,  and in partnership with Verve, and with the University of Leeds Poetry Centre, we’re delighted to be joined by the collection’s editors, and by some of the featured poets. This will be a hybrid event, with some speakers...

Poetry Reading by Michael Longley


Photograph by Patrick Redmond The acclaimed Northern Irish poet Michael Longley will be reading his poetry at 18.30 in the Alumni Room in the School of English on Cavendish Road.His most recent collection, The Slain Birds, was published by Cape in September last year. 'One of the most perfect poets alive. There is something in...

The Worldmaking of New-Generation African Poets


Please join us on Tuesday 9th May 16:00-17:30 (BST) for a research seminar with Dr Nathan Suhr-Sytsma (Emory University) who will speak about:“The Worldmaking of New-Generation African Poets” You are very welcome to join us for this seminar hosted by the Leeds University Centre for African Studies, the University of Leeds Poetry Centre, and the...