Jo Shapcott reads from her poetry

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Nov 13, 2013
from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM


Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson Building South Wing

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Followed by a signing session

Chair: Nick Everett

Jo Shapcott was born in London. Poems from her three award-winning collections Electroplating the Baby (1988), Phrase Book (1992) and My Life Asleep (1998) are gathered in a selected poems, Her Book (2000).

She has won a number of literary prizes including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Collection, the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the National Poetry Competition (twice). Tender Taxes, her versions of Rilke, was published in 2001. Her most recent collection, Of Mutability, was published in 2010 and won the Costa Book Award. In 2011 Jo Shapcott was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

Nick Everett and Rory Waterman co-edit New Walk, an exciting
international magazine for poetry and the arts published twice a year and
currently edited between the School of English at the University of Leicester
and the Department of English at Nottingham Trent University. Past and
present contributors include JM Coetzee, Alice Oswald, Andrew Motion,
John Ashbery and Leontia Flynn, as well as a host of others, including new
names. The magazine is packed with interviews, fiction, artwork, incisive and
entertaining comment, and an eclectic mix of the best of contemporary
poetry in English.

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