CRIPPS COURT, MAGDALENE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE
(ENTRANCE ON CHESTERTON ROAD)
AT 2pm ON SATURDAY 7th MARCH
ALL WELCOME, FREE OF CHARGE, NO BOOKING REQUIRED
Poetry by Ear is the first of two exciting public poetry events as part of the Festival of Sound. Chaired by Neil Wenborn and featuring readings by John Greening, Sarah Howe and Fiona Sampson, it is a chance to hear three award-winning poets whose work celebrates a particular engagement with sound. The programme will include the first performances of new work specially commissioned for the Festival.
The event will be followed by tea and an opportunity to meet the readers informally.
John Greening has published thirteen collections of poetry, including most recently Knot and To the War Poets, and has been the recipient of several prestigious prizes, including the TLS Centenary Prize, a Cholmondley Award and a Hawthornden Fellowship. His works of criticism have included studies of Yeats, Hardy and Ted Hughes, and he is currently editing Accompanied Voices, an anthology of poetry on classical music.
Sarah Howe’s much-anticipated first collection Loop of Jade is forthcoming from Chatto and Windus in 2015. The recipient of an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors after the publication of her pamphlet A Certain Chinese Encyclopedia, she is the founding editor of the on-line journal of poetry and criticism Prac Crit and teaches Renaissance literature at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge.
Fiona Sampson has published more than twenty books of poetry, criticism and philosophy of language. A trained musician, she was Editor of Poetry Review from 2005 to 2012 and is now Professor of Poetry at the University of Roehampton. She has won many awards, including the Newdigate Prize, a Cholmondeley Award and a Hawthornden Fellowship, and her poetry has twice been shortlisted for both the T.S. Eliot Prize and Forward Prizes.
Neil Wenborn is a poet and author whose work has appeared widely both in Britain and in the US. He has published biographies of several composers, including Haydn, Stravinsky and Dvořák, and is the author of e-books on Jane Austen’s Emma and the poetry of Thomas Hardy. He is co-editor with M E J Hughes of Contourlines: New Responses to Landscape in Word and Image, and his collection Firedoors is published by Rockingham Press.
The second event in this series of readings will be on Saturday 25th April 2015