Jorie Graham – 21st April

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Jorie Graham is the author of some fifteen collections of poetry, whose work ‘has engaged the whole human contraption – intellectual, global, domestic, apocalyptic – rather than the narrow emotional slice of it most often reserved for poems’ (New York Times).

Her honours include the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and in 2012 she was the first American woman to win one of the Forward Prizes, a UK award (for Best Collection: PLACE). In 2017 she was awarded the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets.

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Will Eaves – 24th March

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poetryEast is delighted to host the launch of Will Eaves’s new novel, Murmur, inspired by the life and work of the pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing. Will Eaves was the Arts Editor of the Times Literary Supplement before becoming an Associate Professor in the English department at Warwick University. His novel-in-voices The Absent Therapist was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize, while The Inevitable Gift Shop, a collection of poetry and prose, was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for Poetry in 2016.

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John Burnside – 27th January

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John Burnside is a novelist, short story writer and poet. Paul Bachelor in the TLS describes him as ‘One of the most gifted poets writing today’. His collection Black Cat Bone won both the Forward and the T.S. Eliot Prizes. He has twice won the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year award. His 2006 memoir A Lie About My Father was published to enormous critical acclaim, including the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award, and the Scottish Arts Council Non-Fiction Book of the Year. He writes a monthly nature column for New Statesman and is a regular contributor to London Review of Books. He will be reading from his new book of poetry Still Life with Feeding Snake.

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Bernard O’Donoghue – 2nd December

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Bernard O’Donoghue returns to poetryEast to talk about his new collection ‘The Seasons of Cullen Church’, shortlisted for the T.S.Eliot Prize.

O’Donoghue has published seven collections of poetry, including Gunpowder, which won the Whitbread Prize for Poetry. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford and is currently translating Piers Plowman for Faber. ‘One of the most lyrical, amused, tragic and serious poets currently writing in English.’ PN Review.

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Hermione Lee on Penelope Fitzgerald – 23rd September

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Once dismissed as ‘a minor lady writer’ Penelope Fitzgerald is now recognized as one of the finest British novelists of the last century. Hermione Lee discusses her biography of Fitzgerald, which won the 2014 James Tait Black Prize for Biography and was one of the New York Times best ten books. ‘Lee was a perfect choice as Fitzgerald’s biographer’ – Philip Hensher, The Guardian. Hermione Lee was made a Dame for services to literary scholarship.