Grace Under Presure

10th September 2011 15:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, N1 9AG
Poet in the City presented Grace Under Pressure, a series of three exciting and diverse events showcasing some of the poetry world’s best contemporary talent. ‘Grace under pressure’ was Ernest Hemingway’s defnition of heroism. Combining a range of well established and up-and coming talents, the series will explore this theme with the help of three poets published by Enitharmon, three of Spread the Word’s new Black and Asian poets, and some of the UK’s best poetry storytellers.

The Demiurge - St Pancras Room 3.00pm

This event explored the new works of three exciting contemporary poets published by Enitharmon, Jane Duran, John Mole and Martyn Crucefix.

Jane Duran was brought up in the US and Chile and now lives in England, and is author of four acclaimed poetry collections, for one of which she was awarded the Forward Prize. Jane will be reading from her new collection, Graceline.

John Mole is a freelance poet, journalist, lecturer, broadcaster and jazz clarinettist John will be reading from his collection, The Point of Loss.

Martyn Crucefix has won numerous prizes including a major Eric Gregory award. He has published five collections, most recently, Hurt, from which he read during the event.

Spread The Word - St Pancras Room 4.15pm

The anthology, Ten (published by Bloodaxe) is the culmination of an ambitious two year project coordinated by Spread the Word and Bernardine Evaristo to support talented Black and Asian poets.
The established and inspiring poet and mentor of the Ten project Michael Schmidt set the stage for three of these exciting new talents, Rowdya Amin, Nick Makoha and Karen McCarthy Woolf.

Michael Schmidt is a poet, novelist and literary historian. He is professor of Poetry at the University of Glasgow, editor of PN Review and editorial and managing director of Carcanet Press.

Nick Makoha is a poet and performer. He has toured internationally with the British Council and been published in numerous journals and anthologies.

Rowyda Amin was born in Canada to parents of Saudi Arabian and Irish origin. She was awarded the Wasafri New Writing Prize for poetry.

Karen McCarthy Woolf, a writer of fiction, poetry and drama, was born in London to English and Jamaican parents. One of her collections was selected as a New Statesman Book of the Year.

Storytelling - St Pancras Room 5.30pm

This event explored the relationship between poetry and storytelling with some of the field’s most enigmatic contemporary writers. The line-up included the talented storyteller, poet and voice teacher Giles Abbott and performance storyteller Xanthe Gresham.

Giles Abbott performs regularly at major storytelling festivals, is a resident storyteller at Kensington & Chelsea Hospital Schools and is a voice teacher at various universities. His poetry has been published in Dreamcatcher and the Spectator and he has spoken on Radio 4.

Xanthe Gresham has performed in countless schools, theatres, libraries, hospitals, barges, boats, parks and woodlands. She works in longterm partnership with The British Museum and Tate Britain, Brunei and Whitechapel Galleries and is storytelling educator for Tate Britain.
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