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Durham University

Department of English Studies

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This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

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Breath in Fiction and Poetry

14th March 2018, 18:15 to 19:15, Elvet Riverside 142, Michael Symmons Roberts

For our seventh Arts of Breath event, Michael Symmons Roberts will be reading from his novel, Breath, and from his poetry.

In conversation with Prof David Fuller he will discuss how breath-related illness has cast a shadow on in his family background, and how breathing and breath feature in his work both as subject and as affecting poetic form and the performance of poetry.

Michael Symmons Roberts is an award-winning writer. He has published seven collections of poetry and has also written novels, libretti and texts for oratorios and song cycles. His work has been awarded the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award and been nominated for numerous others. He writes and presents documentaries and dramas for broadcasting, and is Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Free. All welcome.

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