Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Coming to Colpitts

Colpitts Poetry readings currently take place at Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Durham (just beyond Owengate which goes up to the Cathedral)

Mar 19, 2010 - Jane Draycott and Siân Hughes

Poet and teacher Jane Draycott lectures in creative writing at the Universities of Reading, Oxford, and Lancaster. Her numerous collections include No Theatre (1997) and Christina the Astonishing (1998), with Lesley Saunders. Prince Rupert’s Drop (1999) and The Night Tree (2004) were both PBS Recommendations. ‘Jane Draycott’s quiet, meticulous poems inhabit the vague, evanescent world between waking and sleeping. Her vision is of an England half in dream, a Samuel Palmer twilight in which things begin to move into an unexpected focus’ (TLS).

Siân Hughes began writing poetry in 1994 and in 1996 won the TLS/Poems on the Underground competition. In 2006 she won first prize in the Arvon poetry competition with ‘The send-off’, an elegy for her third child. Her début collection The Missing was published by Salt in 2009. ‘Most minds retreat from the scenes of our greatest fears: from the children’s ward, the hospital graveyard, the defeat of love. Siân Hughes, on the contrary, advances . These fine, bare, desolate poems are the result; each one as arresting, rare, and compelling as the truth’ (Kate Clanchy).

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