John Hewitt Birthday Poetry Reading

7.30 pm, Wednesday 4th November 2020

The John Hewitt Society, in association with Poetry Ireland, is thrilled to present an exceptional evening of poetry online, with two globally acclaimed poets. For the first time since 2007, The John Hewitt Society’s annual reading to mark the birth date of John Hewitt will not be held in The John Hewitt Bar Belfast. This year’s digital event will feature two winners of the T.S. Eliot Prize.
JHS Birthday Reading 2020-2


Roger Robinson is a writer who has performed worldwide and is an experienced workshop leader. He was chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon. He is an alumnus of The Complete Works. He was shortlisted for The OCM Bocas Poetry Prize, The Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize and highly commended by the Forward Poetry Prize. His work has appeared in The Guardian and The Poetry Review. His latest book A Portable Paradise was chosen as a New Statesman Book of The Year and won the 2019 TS Eliot prize. He has toured extensively with the British Council and is a co-founder of both Spoke Lab and the international writing collective Malika’s Kitchen.

One of the most important poets in the UK right now.”  Raymond Antrobus

Sinéad Morrissey has published seven collections of poetry: There Was Fire in Vancouver (1996); Between Here and There (2002); The State of the Prisons (2005); Through the Square Window (2009); Parallax (2013), On Balance (2017) and Found Architecture Selected Poems, which appeared earlier this year. Her awards include the Irish Times Poetry Now Award (2009, 2013) and the T S Eliot Prize (2013). In 2016 she received the E M Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. On Balance was awarded the Forward Prize in 2017 and, in April 2020, she received Gdańsk’s European Poet of Freedom Literary Award. She has served as Belfast Poet Laureate (2013-2014) and is currently Director of the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts at Newcastle University.

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