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Michael O'Neill and Jamie McKendrick A Reading by Two Award-Winning Poets

23rd October 2008, 19:30 to 21:30, Gala Theatre, Studio 1

The Department of English Studies, in association with Durham Book Festival, is organising a reading and book-signing by two award-winning poets.

The event features Michael O'Neill, Professor of English at Durham University, and Jamie McKendrick, author of five books of poetry.

Michael O'Neill is Professor of English at Durham University. He co-founded and co-edited Poetry Durham from 1982 to 1994. His critical studies include The All-Sustaining Air (OUP, 2007), an exploration of Romantic poetry's influence on poets since 1900. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 1983 for his poetry and a Cholmondeley Award for Poets in 1990. His collection of poems The Stripped Bed was published by Collins Harvill in 1990. Of his latest collection, Wheel (Arc Publications, 2008), Bernard O'Donoghue writes: 'Michael O'Neill's poems often begin by cutting straight to the point. This makes for great vividness and the sense that we are right at the heart of things, allowing the poet to be learned or allusive or private without losing contact with the real. Wheel is a book of sympathy and insight that takes its place in your mind unforgettably'.

Jamie McKendrick was born in Liverpool in 1955 and lives in Oxford. He has published five individual books of poems: The Sirocco Room (OUP 1991), The Kiosk on the Brink (OUP 1993), winner of the Southern Arts Literature Award, The Marble Fly (OUP 1997), a PBS Choice and winner of the Forward Prize 1997, Ink Stone (Faber 2003), shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and Whitbread Poetry Prize, and Crocodiles & Obelisks (Faber 2007), shortlisted for the Forward Prize. His selected poems, Sky Nails, was published by Faber in 2001. He edited The Faber Book of Twentieth-Century Italian Poems (2004), translated Giorgio Bassani's novel The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Penguin 2007), shortlisted for the Weidenfeld Prize, and his translation of the poems of Valerio Magrelli is due to be published in 2009 (by Faber and, in the US, by FSG). He writes on literature and art for several newspapers and magazines, and teaches part-time.

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

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