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Centre for Poetry and Poetics

Shoestring Poetry Press Reading

17th October 2019, 17:00 to 18:00, St Chad's College Chapel, Carole Coates, Tony Roberts, and Paul McLoughlin

A Durham Book Festival Fringe event featuring three brilliant poets. Free admission, all welcome!

Carole Coates, Tony Roberts and Paul McLoughlin

Carole Coates

Carole Coates was a late starter in poetry, having spent many years as an academic during which time she published critical and professional writings.Originally from London, she now lives in Lancaster where she helps to organise a series of poetry readings and belongs to a poetry performance group.Shoestring Press have published four collections of her poetry. In her more recent work she has become interested in exploring the relationship between the lyric and the narrative.

If there is a poem of the last ten years with which I am proud to be associated, it is ‘Because I Know So Many Dead People’.It has a feeling for the numinous which has faded for many but which still lingers. It shows a combination of wit and deep feeling ... This is a new and original voice which I find exciting. - John Lucas

An extraordinarily riveting narrative poem on the pain of childhood and its long reach, written with forensic care and heart-stopping empathy. - Carol Ann Duffy on Coates’s verse-novel, Jacob

Tony Roberts

Tony Roberts is a poet and critic whose work appears regularly in the literary press. He was born in Doncaster, educated in England and America, and taught for over thirty years in Bolton schools. His fifth collection, The Noir American & Other Poems, was published last summer ('Muscular, allusive, clever,cinematic,and richly musical... these poemscapture jazz life as well as anyone could', wrote American poet Michael Waters).

Roberts is the editor of Poetry in the Blood (2014) and the author of two collections of essays on poets, poetry and critics.Reviewing his first, John Forth found ‘a detailed map of the age ... condensed to appear as table talk. You invite him to dinner and his friends talk easily into the night after everyone else has gone.’ His more recent, The Taste of My Mornings, has just been published. All are with Shoestring Press.

Paul McLoughlin

Paul McLoughlinwas born in London of Irish parents and retired from teaching in 2012. After a 1998 pamphlet for Smith/Doorstop, he has been with Shoestring, producing a further pamphlet and four full collections, the most recent of which, The Hungarian Who Beat Brazil (2017), prompted Jeremy Page in The Frogmore Papers to refer to ‘a unique sensibility which is never predictable, never dull. These poems are characterised by wit anda relentlessly keen, appraising eye’. Simon Armitage described earlier poems as Careful and concise, like glimpsed scenes and small, intensedramas, full of knowing detail and telling lines. Tender but shrewd.’ He edited and introduced Brian Jones: New & Selected Poems (Shoestring, 2013). This year his Breaking Ground: the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Poems in Old English and in Translation was published by Paekakariki Press.

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