Published: 28 October 2014

Rising stars of poetry present at Miriam Allott Visiting Writer Series

Two of the brightest talents in poetry will perform as part of the Miriam Allott Visiting Writer Series.

Luke Kennard and Melissa Lee-Houghton, speaking at the School of The Arts Library on Tuesday, 28 Ocotber, are two of the Next Generation Poets who are chosen once a decade by the Poetry Book Society as being likely to “dominate the poetry landscape of the coming decade”.

They will be reading their poetry alongside the University of Liverpool’s Deryn Rees-Jones – who was a 2004 Next Generation Poet – and Liverpool-based young poet, Seán Hewitt.

Acclaimed writers

Melissa Lee-Houghton, a young poet from Blackburn, has published two poetry collections. Luke Kennard is the youngest poet ever to be nominated for the Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection.

The series will also feature an evening of performances by Finnish and Icelandic poets, in partnership with Arc Publications. On Wednesday, 5 November, Icelandic Sigurdur Palsson, the author of three acclaimed novels and a book of memoirs will perform alongside Katariina Vuorinen and Janne Nunmela, both from Finland.

Two innovative British poets will perform on Wednesday, 26 November. The evening will showcase the Liverpool-based poet and critic, Robert Sheppard, and Forward Prize-winning Faber young poet, Sam Riviere.

Will Self lecture

Finally, on Frday, 26 November, the novelist, journalist and tv personality, Will Self, will close the Miriam Allot Visiting Writers series. This lecture is only open to University staff and students.

The Allott Series is hosted by the University of Liverpool’s Centre for New and International Writing, in the Department of English, and organised by Professor Deryn Rees-Jones, Dr John Redmond, Dr Sandeep Parmar and Mr Horatio Clare.

Dr Sandeep Parmar, from the Department of English, said: “The Miriam Allott Visiting Writers Series showcases up and coming and established writers alongside local and international poets and writers in the dynamic setting of the University’s School of the Arts.

“In its third year, the series’ focus on global literatures, translation and on new and innovative writing is unique and in keeping with the University’s focus on building bridges through national and international dialogue and exchange.

“We have hosted writers from Singapore, Morocco, France, India, South Africa, Germany, Jamaica, Belarus and the US and Canada—and their contributions to our student and local communities is an invaluable part of the Centre’s ethos.”

All of the events will take place in the School of the Arts Library in 19 Abercromby Square. They are free to attend but booking is highly recommended. To RSVP visit this webpage.

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