LITERATURE LIVE: John McAuliffe and Sean O’Brien
|Dates:||17 October 2011|
|Times:||18:30 - 18:30|
|What is it:||Literature Live|
|Organiser:||Martin Harris Centre|
John McAuliffe was born in 1973 and grew up in Listowel, Co Kerry and now lives in Manchester. He won the RTE Poet of the Future award in 2000 and received a major Arts Council Bursary for first book A BETTER LIFE, which was shortlisted for a Forward Prize in 2002; NEXT DOOR was published in 2007 and The Gallery Press have just published his third collection, OF ALL PLACES, which has received a PBS Recommendation for Autumn 2011 and receives its Manchester launch tonight. He teaches poetry at the Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester.
Sean O’Brien is a poet, critic, broadcaster, anthologist and editor. He grew up in Hull and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and 2007 recipient of the Northern Rock Foundation Writer’s Award. His selected poems, Cousin Coat: Selected Poems 1976-2001 was published in 2002 and his new verse version of Dante’s Inferno in 2006. His first six individual poetry collections have all won awards, most recently The Drowned Book, which won both the 2007 Forward and T S Eliot Prizes, the first time a book has won both awards. A book of short stories, The Silence Room, was published in 2008; Afterlife, his first novel, and Night Train, a collaborative work of poetry and drawings with Northumberland artist Birtley Aris, were published in 2009. His new poetry collection, November, is the Poetry Book Society Summer Choice and shortlisted for the 2011 T S Eliot Prize.
‘…the bard of urban Britain’ - Times
‘…a terrific language technician’ - Guardian
'His work is elegiac and satirical, interested in history, politics and the imagination' - Independent on Sunday
'A poet of unabashed political engagement, wit and humour' - Guardian
This event is part of the Manchester Literature Festival 2011.
Travel and Contact Information
The John Thaw Studio Theatre
Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama