Bluecoat: LJMU writer’s workshop present: STRATIGRAPHIES poetry reading
Times: 18:30 - 20:30
LJMU writer’s workshop present: STRATIGRAPHIES poetry reading
Peter Riley, Sarah Hymas and Mark Pajak, a trio of acclaimed poets at different stages of their careers have been invited to read new work, reflecting the conversations between practices and decades of the current exhibition Public View. The poets were selected by LJMU Creative writing lecturers and fellow poets Helen Tookey and Andrew McMillan.
“Stratigraphies because we were thinking about layers; about generational shifts and inheritance.”- Andrew McMillan.
This event brings together three poets from the North of England who each, in their own ways, are answering back or are ‘in conversation with’ something that has been there before them; other poets, the landscape and cityscapes of the region. To coincide with Public View, the aim was to bring poets together who address a sense of place, be it historical, oceanic, geographical, urban, and whose work often sets the human against something much bigger, and timeless, and ever changing.
Mark Pajak was born in Merseyside. His work has been published in Magma, The North and The Rialto (among others), been highly commended in the Cheltenham Poetry Competition and National Poetry Competition and won first place in the 2016 Bridport Prize. He has received a Northern Writer’s Award from New Writing North and was 2016’s Apprentice Poet in Residence at Ilkley Literature Festival. His first pamphlet, Spitting Distance, was selected as a Laureate’s Choice and is published with smith|doorstop.
Peter Riley was born into an environment of working people in the Manchester area in 1940 and now lives in retirement in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, having previously lived in Cambridge for many years. He is the author of some fifteen books of poetry, and two of prose concerning travel and music. His most recent books are The Glacial Stairway (Carcanet 2011) and Due North (Shearsman 2015), which is a book-length poem. A booklet of short local poems, Pennine Tales, was published by Calder Valley Poetry, 2016. Due North was shortlisted for the Forward Best Collection Prize 2015 and the Roehampton Poetry Prize 2016. He contributes reviews of new poetry to the website The Fortnightly Review regularly.
Sarah Hymas lives by Morecambe Bay, England. Her writing appears in print, multimedia exhibits, as lyrics, installations and on stage. She also makes artistbooks and immersive walks. Her work is a continuing response to the relationship between humans and the sea.
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