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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

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

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Colpitts Poetry

12th April 2019, 19:30 to 21:00, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, S.J. Litherland, Diane Cockburn and Ian McKone

After a couple of years' hiatus, Durham's longest-running poetry night is back with two local award-winning writers, SJ Litherland and Diane Cockburn, and music by Ian McKone.

S.J. Litherland's seventh collection, Composition in White (Smokestack), traces the red threads running through her long life, back to a Warwickshire childhood spent in country lanes and air raid shelters, and before that the ghosts of the Levellers and Diggers, the 1848 'Springtime of the Nations' and the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. ' carving stone, Litherland has packed her poems with feeling.' (Poetry London) '...S. J. Litherland is one of the finest poets I have come across in recent years.' (London Grip Poetry Review)

Diane Cockburn is a member of Vane Women, a small press and performing writers' collective based in Darlington, who published her first collection, Under Surveillance, in 1999. Her work appears in a variety of anthologies and the title poem of her latest collection, Electric Mermaid (Arrowhead), was highly commended in the Forward Prize. '...compelling openings lead the reader into tales drawn from dark imagination tinged with grim humour ... a highly individual literary voice.' (Darlington and Stockton Times)

Plus music from Ian McKone. Traditional musician Ian McKone is from Durham City and performs at festivals and musical events all over the UK and abroad. He teaches instrumental music and song at Sage Gateshead and is one half of The Ran Tanners duo.

Entry £6 / £4 concessions.

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  • Dr Hannah-Rose Murray (University of Edinburgh)