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An evening of contemporary poetry - 18/04/17
Hull Libraries, in partnership with New Writing North as part of the Read Regional programme, is delighted to offer a workshop to explore the wonderful world of contemporary poetry will take place later this month at Hull Central Library.

Led by poet Anna Woodford the hour-long ‘Exploring Poetry Workshop’ will take place on Wednesday 19 April at 6.30pm and will discuss contemporary poetry. Whether you already enjoy reading poetry or you have not picked up a collection since school, this session is for anyone who wants to find out more about contemporary poetry, how to read it and what poets to look out for.

Anna Woodford’s poetry collection Birdhouse won the Crashaw Prize and was a Guardian poetry book of the year. She has received a Leverhulme Award, an Eric Gregory Award, a Hawthornden Fellowship and a Blue Mountain Fellowship (New York). She has a doctorate in the poetry of Sharon Olds. She now works as a freelance writer and teacher.

The session will be followed by a reading by poet Jack Mapanje, at 7.30pm, who will read from his new collection – Greetings from Grandpa. These new poems are wide-ranging in scope, powerful, angry and full of the beauty and life that characterise the work of this wonderful poet.

Jack Mapanje was head of the Department of English at the University of Malawi when the Malawi authorities arrested him in 1987 after his first book of poems had been banned, and he was released in 1991 after spending three years, seven months and sixteen days in prison, following an international outcry against his incarceration. He lives in exile in York with his family, and is a visiting professor in the faculty of art at York St John University.

Councillor Terry Geraghty, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure and Chair of Hull Culture & Leisure, said: “Previous poetry workshops and sessions have proved to be really popular and we are delighted to host another event with some well established poets."

Visitors can attend either session or welcome to stay for both. It is a free event, however it is recommended that people wishing to attend the workshop book in advance with the Central Library to guarantee a place on 01482 210 000.

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