Events

Ailbhe Darcy grew up in Dublin and currently lives in Cardiff. She is the author of two full-length collections, Imaginary Menagerie (2011) and Insistence (2018). The latter won the Wales Book of the Year Award 2019 and was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Irish Times Award. All welcome. Admission free. Photograph…
The University of Leeds Poetry Centre presents an evening of readings by poets from around the world who have made a connection with the city of Leeds and its hinterland, including Helen Mort, Jeffrey Wainwright, Kimberly Campanello, Jason Allen-Paisant, Caitlin Stobie and others. Tickets (standard price) £6 Box Office: 01133760318 Follow link above to book…
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….

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The theme of this year’s Peace Poetry Prize is Food Inequality. All shortlisted entrants will be invited to a celebration event on Tuesday 27th November 2018 (Maurice Keyworth Lecture Theatre 6.30 – 7.45) and prizes will be awarded by this year’s Chief Judge, Simon Armitage. For further information and how to apply, visit the Peace…
School of Night Monday 26th November, 5.30 pm, Alumni Room, School of English. Theme: the moon. Poems: Sonnet 31 from Astrophil and Stella – Philip Sidney Sad Steps – Philip Larkin Moon – Kathleen Jamie Full Moon and Little Frieda – Ted Hughes The Moon was but a Chin of Gold – Emily Dickinson Moon-Landings – Robert Lowell Full Moon – Alice Oswald
Join us for a celebration of the life and work of poet Ken Smith. There will be an exhibition of materials from the Ken Smith Archive in the Brotherton Library curated by Sarah Prescott, Ruth Burton and Naomi Popple, the showing of a new film of Ken Smith created by Neil Astley, and talks and/or…
School of Night.  Monday 5th November.  5.30 pm, Alumni Room.  Theme: not bonfires etc, but The Heart.  The session will be hosted by Dr Emma Trott.  
Join us in the School of English on 25th October for an evening of poetry and conversation with Denise Riley and Sandeep Parmar. Tickets available here. Denise Riley has written War in the Nursery: Theories of the Child and Mother [1983], ‘Am I That Name?’ Feminism and the Category of ‘Women’ in History [1988], The Words of Selves: Identification, Solidarity, Irony(2000), The Force…
School of Night   Next meeting: Wednesday 24th October, 5.30pm, Alumni Room.  Theme: parents.  This week’s family:   This Be The Verse – Philip Larkin Morning Song – Sylvia Plath My Parents’ Wedding Night, 1937 – Sharon Olds The Gift – Li-Young Lee The Butts – Seamus Heaney Oyster – Rachel Bower Foaling – Rachel…
First  School of Night meeting of the 2018/19 academic year. All welcome. Theme: Creatures of the Sea.  Among the catches to be landed and observed: The Fishing Party – Michael Longley Clownfish – Lavinia Greenlaw Black Caiman with Butterflies – Pascale Petite from The Odyssey – Book XII, Scylla and Charybdis, trans Emily Wilson, Robert…
Poet and critic Professor Stephanie Burt (University of Harvard) will give a public reading and talk 5.30-7.00 pm in the Foyer of the School of English, as part of her UK book tour, at the invitation of the University of Leeds Poetry Centre. Please do come, and circulate the information to your students and poetry-loving…
The final School of Night meeting of this year’s academic year.  Theme: Food and Drink.