Contemporary Lines

11th September 2010 18:00
kings Place
90 York Way, N1 9AG
Over three intriguing events the Faber New Poets, hosted by three of their mentors Maurice Riordan, Jo Shapcott and David Harsent explored contemporary subjects relating to the different ‘lines’ we use to navigate our lives: Maps, Bodies and Communications.


We use and create maps to understand the world, to locate important things and places, and to identify ourselves.

This event featured:

Maurice Riordan who has published three collections of poetry, A Word from the Loki (1995), Floods (2000) and The Holy Land (2007), and he is co-editor of two anthologies;

Annie Katchinska born in Moscow in 1990 and has lived in London for most of her life. She has twice been a Foyles Young Poet of the Year; and

Sam Riviere co-edits the anthology series Stop Sharpening Your Knives and was a recipient of a 2009 Eric Gregory Award


In the era in which we live, our communications are increasingly complex and our lines intersect to create vast networks, both on the web and in our cultural imagination, leading us to new and unexplored territory.

This event featured:

David Harsent who has published eight collections of poetry. Legion (2005) won the Forward Prize for Best Collection, and his Selected Poems appeared in 2007;

Toby Martinez de las Rivas who won the Andrew Waterhouse award from New Writing North in 2008. He currently lives in Gateshead where he teaches English to asylum seekers and refugees; and

Heather Phillipson who won an Eric Gregory Award in 2008. She is also an artist and exhibits nationally and internationally.


With our bodies, we sense the world, creating pathways as we act and travel.

This event featured:

Jo Shapcott, an award-winning poet whose fourth and most recent collection, Of Mutability, was shortlisted for the 2010 Forward Prize for Best Collection.

Fiona Benson, an Anglo-Scottish writer currently living in Exeter. She received an Eric Gregory award in 2006 and is working on her fi rst book of poems.

Jack Underwood, who is working towards a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, where he also teaches English Literature. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2007.

Joe Dunthorne who was born and brought up in Swansea. His debut novel, Submarine, won the Curtis Brown prize. He co-organises Homework, a monthly night of literary miscellany.

Emily Berry, an Eric Gregory Award winner in 2008. Her pamphlet collection, Stingray Fevers, is available from Tall-Lighthouse and she has a selection of poems in the Bloodaxe anthology Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century.

All three events took place on 11th September 2010.
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