Monday 9th October
7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
Bloomsbury Oxfam Two Writers Series
12 Bloomsbury Street
London, WC1B 3QA
Hosted by Todd Swift - Oxfam Poet In Residence
Readings, Questions & Answers, Book Signings
D M Thomas
D.M. (Don) Thomas is a poet and novelist. After reading English at New College, Oxford, he became a teacher until he became a full-time writer. His third novel, The White Hotel, was an international bestseller, translated into thirty languages and shortlisted for The Booker Prize. He has won a Cholmondeley Award for his poetry, and the Orwell Prize for his biography of Alexander Solzhenitsyn He is also a much-praised translator of Russian poetry. His poems appeared in the Penguin series in the 60s. His translations of Anna Akhmatova have been newly published in the Everyman Pocket Poets series. Other collections include Dreaming in Bronze (Secker and Warburg, 1981) and The Puberty Tree (Bloodaxe Books, 1992). Today also marks the launch of a verse collection from Bluechrome, Not Saying Everything. He lives in Cornwall, where he was born and grew up.
Goran Simic was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1952. His poetry, short stories, essays and reviews have appeared in many prominent journals such as the TLS and Independent. In Bosnia before the war (1992-1995) he was the editor of several literary magazines and founder of PEN Bosnia-Hercegovina. He came to Canada as a landed immigrant in 1996 under the auspices of PEN Canada. He has been a recipient of the Helman-Hammet grant and the PEN America award for brave writing. Recently he was granted the position of writer-in-residence by The Banff Centre. His poetry was included in several world anthologies such as Scanning the Century by Penguin (2000), and 101 Poems against War (2003) by Faber and Faber. His collections of poetry include Sprinting from the graveyard (Oxford University Press, England, 1997), translated by David Harsent and his forthcoming Selected poems from Biblioasis.
Admission free, suggested donation £6
Please contact Alison Jackson to reserve seats
Telephone: 020 7637 4610
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