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The Director’s Suite, Principal Hotel, Manchester, M60 7HA
The People’s Poetry Lectures: Jean Sprackland on Elizabeth Bishop

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 fifth event in our new series features Jean Sprackland on Elizabeth Bishop. This event will be British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted. 

Jean Sprackland has published six collections of poetry, including Tilt, winner of the Costa Poetry Award in 2007 and Sleeping Keys, "a book distinguished by rueful but unembittered wisdom" (Sean O'Brien for the Guardian). Her latest collection Green Noise features poems that "listen for what is audible and available to be known and understood, and what is not ... investigating hidden worlds within worlds: oak-apples, aphid farms, firewood teeming with small life ... fragments of the past: abandoned villages, scraps of shared history which are only ever partially remembered." She is also the author of Strands, a book of essays which won the Portico Prize for Non-Fiction in 2012, and the forthcoming These Silent Mansions, a collection of essays about graveyards. Jean has written and broadcast extensively for BBC Radio, is Chair of the Poetry Archive and the Manchester Poetry Library (opening in 2020), and is Professor of Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. 

Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) was a poet and short-story writer born in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. After graduating from Vassar College, she travelled extensively and lived in New York, Florida, Boston and Brazil. She was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1949 to 1950, the Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry in 1956 for her collection North and South, the National Book Award winner in 1970, and the first woman to receive the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1976. She published four collections of poetry in her lifetime and her work was widely celebrated for its sharp observations and precise use of language. She died in Boston in 1979 and is considered to be one of the twentieth century's finest poets. In 2010 she was elected to the inaugural class of the New York Writers Hall of Fame. 

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

Thursday 7th November 2019, 7pm (doors), 7.30pm (lecture)

The Director’s Suite, Principal Hotel, Manchester, M60 7HA

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

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This event will be British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted. 

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