Poetry

Poetry

with Helen Mort, Mary Jean Chan and Barney Norris

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From ballads to blank verse and sonnets to slam battles, this event will explore how we take poetry from the page and bring it to life through performance and discussion. Curated by leading poetry society Live Canon, each week offers a platform to guests from different parts of the verse world to come together and share their work in an exciting and enlightening way.

with Helen Mort, Mary Jean Chan and Barney Norris

Poets performing

Helen Mort has published two poetry collections with Chatto & Windus, Division Street (2013) and No Map Could Show Them (2015). She won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize for best first collection. Her novel Black Car Burning was published in 2019. She teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and she is also the author of Lake District Trail Running (Vertebrate).

Mary Jean Chan is a London-based poet, lecturer and editor from Hong Kong. Her debut collection, Flèche, is published by Faber & Faber, and was the winner of the 2019 Costa Book Award for Poetry. Chan has twice been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, and was the recipient of a 2019 Eric Gregory Award and the 2018 Poetry Society Geoffrey Dearmer Prize. Chan currently lectures in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Oxford Brookes University.

Barney Norris is a a critically acclaimed playwright, poet and author. His debut play Visitors, won the Critics Circle Award 2014 for Most Promising Playwright and was shortlisted for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, the Writers Guild of Great Britain award for Best Play and the Best New Play Award at the Off West End Theatre Awards. His debut novel, Five Rivers Met On a Wooded Plane was Waterstones’ and Foyles’ Book of the Month. His debut poetry collection, Falling was published by Playdead Press, and he has written several non-fiction books, published by Seren.