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Poetry Reading: Vidyan Ravinthiran

27th April 2015, 19:00 to 20:00, St Aidan’s College, Lindisfarne Centre, Vidyan Ravinthiran
Vidyan Ravinthiran's first collection, Grun-tu-molani, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection; individual poems appeared in The Times Literary SupplementThe Sunday Times and Poetry Review among other magazines. His verse has also been published in several anthologies and as a pamphlet. His book about Elizabeth Bishop is forthcoming this year; he reviews widely, and is co-editor of Prac Crit, the online magazine of poetry and poetics.
"Gripping is not a word you usually associate with poetry, but Vidyan Ravinthiran's poems are precisely that, and they seldom let go. They are full of surprising turns (and turns of phrase), and their humour can make you squirm, as humour should, the assonance and internal rhymes and puns adding a further twist to the funny knife as it tickles the funny bone. A ferocious intelligence is at work in these poems, whose stylish armoured exterior reflects sometimes a literary scholar and sometimes a displaced person; sometimes contemporary Britain and sometimes ancient Sri Lanka."
-- Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

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