The Poetry Prom 2013David Constantine, Wendy Cope & Kay Ryan at Snape Maltings this August
David Constantine is one of this country’s leading men of letters. An acclaimed fiction writer (BBC National Short Story Award 2010), major translator of European literature, editor and Oxford academic – he remains first and foremost a poet. “Poetry will not teach us to live well, but it will incite in us the wish to”, he says, and his nine collections embrace love, politics, myth and history with imaginative truthfulness and great humanity.
Full, fine, joyous poetry. The Guardian
Wendy Cope belongs to that rarest of breeds – the serious, popular poet. Her technical brilliance, mordant wit and rueful wisdom develop the tradition of Betjeman and Larkin; her best-selling books are so widely cherished because they fuse the funny with the heartfelt. Her writing has a nowhere-to-run, nowhere-to-hide directness which can belie the depth of its satire, compassion and hard-won home truths.
It is worth pointing out that without the heart the jokes would not be so good. The Times
Kay Ryan detests poetry that isn’t clear – “given there’s so much we can’t be clear about” – and says that poems “should add oxygen to the atmosphere, make it easier to breathe.” Recent US Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, she made her dazzling UK debut at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival 2011. Her deliciously idiosyncratic, humour-fuelled poems illuminate and celebrate our complicated relationship with the world.
Ryan’s are the biggest little poems going. New York Times
Performance suitable for adults and teenagers.
Tickets £15, £12, £10, Prom £6.50
General booking opens Tuesday 21 May
Book your ticket oneline www.aldeburgh.co.uk or by phone 01728 687110
The Poetry Trust at The Bush Theatre, LondonPresenting an Awesome Foursome - Holly Hopkins, Hannah Lowe, Helen Mort, Katrina Naomi
A reading by four outstanding ‘graduates’ of The Poetry Trust’s talent development programme. Don’t miss this one-off showcase of rising stars. An awesome foursome!
Holly Hopkins – Former Foyle Young Poet and Gregory Award winner. Widely published in leading magazines and anthologies. Confident, curious, quirky.
Hannah Lowe – Essex-born and has lived in London, Brighton and California. Her debut pamphlet The Hitcher recently followed by acclaimed first collection Chick (Bloodaxe 2013). Arresting and evocative stories.
Helen Mort – Sheffield-born, Derbyshire-based. Foyle Young Poet (five times). Recent poet-in-residence at The Wordsworth Trust. Two pamphlets already and a first collection this year – Division Street (Chatto and Windus). Formal skill, honest compassion.
Katrina Naomi – Born Margate, lives South London. Prize-winning pamphlet followed by first collection The Girl with the Cactus Handshake. First writer-in-residence at the Brontë Parsonage Museum. Entertaining, risky and fresh.
Box Office 020 8743 5050
Book online via The Bush Theatre box office
Tickets £12 – with only 48 seats available advanced booking will be essential
The 25th International Aldeburgh Poetry Festival8-10 November 2013 - Silver Jubilee poetry weekend!
The 25th Aldeburgh Poetry Festival will be held over the weekend of 8-10 November 2013.
The full programme will be announced in July 2013.
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