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.
Join the Jamaican poet and storyteller Olive Senior for this special reading, a Durham Book Festival fringe event.
Olive Senior was born and brought up in Jamaica and educated in Jamaica and Canada. She is a graduate of Montego Bay High School and Carleton University, Ottawa.
Her poetry books are Shell, (shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award), Over the roofs of the world (shortlisted for Canada's Governor-General's Literary Award and Cuba's Casa de las Americas Prize), Gardening in the Tropics (winner of the F.J. Bressani Literary Prize), and Talking of Trees. A bilingual edition (English/French) of her poetry was published by Le Castor Astral in 2014 under the title Un Pipiri m'a dit/A Little Bird Told Me.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Her work in recording and disseminating the cultural heritage of Jamaica was honoured in 2003 with the Norman Washington Manley Foundation Award for Excellence and in 2004 with the Gold Medal of the Institute of Jamaica. She is also the recipient of the Centenary Medal and the Silver Medal of the Institute of Jamaica for contributions to literature. She was named Humanities Scholar 2005 by the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. She is also the recipient of Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council works in progress grants.
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