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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.

Poetry Reading

17th October 2017, 18:00 to 19:00, St Chad's College, Martin Dyar

Hear the Irish poet Martin Dyar read from his award-winning work, at this Durham Book Festival fringe event.

Martin Dyar grew up in Swinford, in County Mayo, Ireland. His debut collection of poems, Maiden Names (Arlen House) was shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize and the Shine/Strong Poetry Award. His poems have been included in Windharp: Poems of Ireland Since 1916 (Penguin Ireland); Everything to Play For: Ninety-nine Poems About Sport (Poetry Ireland); and Town Stitched by River: Irish Writers at the International Writing Program (University of Iowa/Dublin UNESCO City of Literature). His poem ‘Death and the Post Office’ has been added to the prescribed poetry syllabus on the Leaving Certificate, the Irish state exam which determines secondary school students’ entry to higher education.

Contact s.r.regan@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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