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Colpitt's Poetry: Katharine Towers and Gareth Reeves

5th February 2016, 20:00 to 21:00, Alington House, Katharine Towers, Gareth Reeves

Come along to the first Colpitts Poetry reading of 2016 with two established voices, Katherine Towers and one of Durham’s own, Gareth Reeves.

Katherine Towers’s first full-length collection The Floating Man won the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize, as well as being shortlisted for the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. Her second collection, The Remedies, is forthcoming from Picador. Her poems possess a quiet, intricate musicality, and are full of keen observation and sharp intelligence.

Gareth Reeves has published four volumes of poetry with Carcanet: Real Stories (1984), Listening In (1993), To Hell with Paradise: New and Selected Poems (2012), and, most recently, Nuncle Music (2013), a highly-acclaimed sequence of monologues in the voice of the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Tonight he will also be reading new work, including transations of Jules Laforgue.

Music-related paintings by Barrie Ormsby will also be on display.

For a taste of what to expect, you can listen to a READ podcast with Gareth Reeves, reading from To Hell with Paradise, recorded in 2012.

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