Jo Shapcott & Friends

13th March 2013 19:00
Seamus Heaney Library
The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NN
The second in a series of three New Audiences events in partnership with Royal Holloway, University of London, exploring some of the most exciting established and emerging contemporary voices from London's literary Bloomsbury.

Showcasing some of the most exciting graduates from the Creative Writing MA at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Hosted by Jo Shapcott, this event celebrated the wealth of talent produced by this pioneering school of poetry.

Jo Shapcott is patron of Poet in the City and Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway University of London. Her latest collection, Of Mutability, won the Costa prize in 2010. In 2011 she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

Kayo Chingonyi was born in Zambia in 1987 and came to the UK in 1993. His poems have been published in a range of magazines and anthologies and he has been invited to give readings from his work across the UK and internationally. His first book of poems, ‘Some Bright Elegance’, is out now from Salt Publishing.

Allison Mcvety’s collection, The Night Trotsky Came to Stay (Smith/Doorstop, 2007), was shortlisted for the Forward Best First Collection Prize. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Review, The Guardian, The Times and PN Review and have been broadcast on BBC radio. In 2012 she won the National Poetry Competition. Her third collection, Lighthouses, will be published later this year.

Declan Ryan’s poems and reviews have appeared in Poetry Review, Poetry London, Night & Day and elsewhere. He is working on a PhD on ‘Perfect Speech’ in the poems of Ian Hamilton and Lachlan Mackinnon and co-edits the Days of Roses anthology series.

Robert Selby is studying for a PhD on the life and work of the late poet Mick Imlah at Royal Holloway. His poems have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Dark Horse, and the anthologies Days of Roses I and II.

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