Our monthly Poetry Nights will be evenings of reading and conversation, offering the chance to explore and discuss the work of writers at the forefront of contemporary poetry. Our host is Don Paterson of the University of St Andrews, one of the most dynamic and critically acclaimed British poets writing today, and winner of the Forward, Whitbread and T S Eliot Prizes. We are delighted that he’ll be bringing his warmth and expertise to our regular showcase of poets.
For our first Poetry Night, we are delighted to have Annie Freud joining Don Paterson, reading from her own work and discussing their craft! As the daughter of legendary artist Lucien Freud and grand-daughter of the sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein, Annie Freud comes from an illustrious artistic background and has worked on a variety of creative endeavours throughout her life. She was inspired to begin writing poetry in the late 1990’s, having been ‘electrified’ by attending a reading by Anne Carson. Her first full collection, The Best Man Who Ever Was appeared in 2007 and received the Glen Dimplex New Writers’ Award for poetry. An intriguing writer, Freud has been praised for her richly textured and emotionally nuanced work. Her most recent collection, The Mirabelles is an enchanting and sharply observed collection of poems inspired by letters, conversations and memories of her mother.