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Centre for Poetry and Poetics

The Centre for Poetry and Poetics at Durham University promotes the reading, writing and editing of poetry from classical antiquity to the present, as well as the critical exploration of current issues and ideas in literary theory. It incorporates and builds upon the work of the Basil Bunting Poetry Centre, encouraging new research on the valuable Bunting Archive and other important archival collections in the Palace Green Library

The Centre for Poetry and Poetics supports a strong tradition of live poetry events in Durham, including a series of readings each year at Durham Book Festival, for which it appoints the Book Festival Laureate. The Book Festival Laureate for 2017 is Andrew McMillan. The Centre has a University-wide membership and a lively programme of readings, seminars and lectures.

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Poetry Book Society Showcase

7th October 2017, 16:00 to 17:00, Palace Green Library, Sinéad Morrissey, Colette Bryce and Tara Bergin

Join three stunning Irish voices at Durham Book Festival, as the Poetry Book Society celebrates some of the year's most exciting releases.

T.S. Eliot Prize-winner Sinéad Morrissey returns to Durham Book Festival with a poignant and compelling collection, On Balance. Selected by the society as their Summer Choice, this new collection masterfully evokes the atmosphere of a society threatened by crisis.

Also given special commendation in the Summer selection, Colette Bryce will read from her Selected Poems. Through four collections, Colette has consolidated her position as one of the most important Irish poets of her generation, and this collection draws together the best of her work.

Reading alongside them is Tara Bergin. Winner of the Seamus Heaney First Collection Prize in 2014, Tara’s latest release The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx is a current Recommendation for the Poetry Book Society’s Autumn selection.

This Durham Book Festival event is in collaboration with The Poetry Book Society. Founded in 1953 by T.S. Eliot, it is now based in Newcastle.

It is introduced by Professor Stephen Regan, Director of the Centre for Poetry and Poetics at Durham University.

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