Monday 11 October 2010

Colpitts Poetry - Autumn Schedule

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

Oct 23, 2010 - A Poetry Reading, Apparently: John Stammers And Matthew Caley

Tickets: £6/£4


Music School
(to the right of the Cathedral)
Palace Green

Tel: 0191 334 3140

Poet John Stammers has been described as having ‘a frame of reference ranging from the scabrous to the desolately chic’ by Clive James. Tonight he will be reading from his new collection, Interior Night. Every poem in Matthew Caley’s new collection, Apparently, begins – or occasionally ends – with the word ‘apparently’. This new collection is a tour-de-force of wit and imagination.

Presented in association with Durham Bookfest

Friday 12 November Anne Stevenson and Lee Harwood
8 p.m. Alington House, 4 North Bailey. Admission £5/£3.

Anne Stevenson is the author of over a dozen volumes of poetry (the latest Stone Milk, Bloodaxe 2007), as well as a biography of Sylvia Plath and two studies of Elizabeth Bishop. Her Poems 1955-2005 (Bloodaxe, 2005) reveals a poet whose work addresses themes of memory and language and shows a ‘rare blend of disconcerting intelligence and sensory immediacy’ (Helen Dunmore).

Lee Harwood, Colpitts’ first ever reader, makes a long overdue return bringing with him his much-acclaimed Collected Poems 1964-2004 (Shearsman, 2004) which makes available all his often hard-to-find previous collections. Here is work that is ‘fresh, vivid and confident, infused with a buoyancy and optimism and delight that is both winning and sustaining’ (Mark Ford, The Guardian).

Friday 19 November Brendan Cleary and Paul Summers
8 p.m. Alington House, 4 North Bailey. Admission£5/£3.

Brendan Cleary has had two collections published by Bloodaxe (The Irish Card and Sacrilege) and one with Wrecking Ball (Stranger in the House). His most recent work (weightless and some turbulent weather) has been published by tall-lighthouse. His new Selected, goin’ down slow, celebrates 25 years of poetry from one of the best-loved poets to emerge from Northern Ireland. Poet and film-maker Paul Summers has to his credit six pamphlet collections, several awards and many collaborations with artists and musicians. His new work Big Bella’s Dirty CafĂ© (Dogeater) has formed the basis of Home in Three Bits, a collaboration with members of Lindisfarne. His poems are like perfect pieces of sea glass, polished, sparkling, illuminating the ordinary.

Friday 17 December - Christmas Party
8 p.m. Alington House, 4 North Bailey. Admission free.

Our usual night of fun, food and drink with Colpitts's famous Dead Poets Competition (come dressed as one and read one of theirs. A prize for the best!), live music and poetry. Wear your glad rags or your sad rags and celebrate with us! Refreshments.

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