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The Oak Suite, Principal Hotel, Manchester, M60 7HA
The People’s Poetry Lectures: Sean Borodale on Sylvia Plath - SOLD OUT


Carol Ann Duffy and Manchester Metropolitan University, in partnership with Manchester Literature Festival, present The People’s Poetry Lectures: today’s leading writers talking about their favourite poets.

The fourth event in our new series features special guest poet Sean Borodale on Sylvia Plath. 

Sean Borodale graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art and went on to be a fellow of the Wordsworth Trust and Guest Artist at the Rijksakademie Kunsten, Amsterdam. He has since taught at the Slade and was selected as a Granta New Poet in 2012. Books include Notes for an Atlas, a long topographical poem written while walking around London, and Bee Journal, his debut collection of poetry, which was short-listed for the Costa Book Awards and T.S. Eliot Prize. Notes for an Atlas was performed as Monument for a Witness at Southbank’s first London Festival of Literature in 2007, directed by Mark Rylance. Radio work includes Mighty Beast, a documentary poem for Radio 3’s ‘Between the Ears’. His second collection of poems, Human Work, was published in 2015 by Jonathan Cape. Photo credit: Mark Vessey. 

Syvlia Plath (1932-1963) was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College at the University of Cambridge before receiving acclaim as a poet and writer. She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in 1956, and they lived together in the United States and then in England, before separating in 1962. Plath is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for two of her published collections, The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel, and The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiographical novel published shortly before her death in 1963. In 1982, she won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for The Collected Poems. 

Join Sean and Carol Ann in the relaxed setting of Manchester’s iconic Principal Hotel for an informal evening celebrating poetry.

Thursday 10th October 2019, 7pm (doors), 7.30pm (lecture)

The Oak Suite, Principal Hotel, Manchester, M60 7HA

Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions) – includes printed copy of the lecture and drink on arrival

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