Oxfam Reading Time Out London's Critic's Choice

Good news, this reading has been selected as a Time Out London Critics' Choice for the week of March 28-April 3!


Oxfam Spring Poetry Reading

Thursday, March 29, 7pm

Oxfam Books & Music

91 Marylebone High Street, W1 (near Baker Street tube station)


James Byrne is the editor of The Wolf magazine and a respected young poet in London. His first collection Passages of Time was published by Waterways in 2003 and he is currently finishing a second book. He has worked for the Poetry Translation Centre and has recently given readings at the Groucho Club, The Green Mill (Chicago) and for Poet in the City. Earlier in 2007, James received a shortlist for this year's Eric Gregory competition.

Melanie Challenger is an award-winning writer. She co-authored Stolen Voices with Zlata Filipovic. She adapted the Anne Frank diaries into a choral work which was televised by BBC from Westminster Palace in 2005. She won an Eric Gregory Award for her poetry in 2005. Her recent collection, Galatea, is from Salt.

Janice Fixter writes non-fiction and poetry. She has a D.Phil. in Creative Writing from Sussex University. Her poems have been widely published. She has a new collection due out in 2007 published by Tall Lighthouse. She lives in South London.

John Fuller's Collected Poems (Chatto and Windus) appeared in 1996. His collection Stones and Fires won the 1996 Forward Prize, and among later collections, Ghosts was shortlisted for the 2005 Whitbread Award, and The Space of Joy (2006) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. He has also published two collections of short stories and seven novels, of which Flying to Nowhere was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the most recent, Flawed Angel, appeared in a Vintage paperback last November. He is also a critic, an anthologist, and a writer for children.

Patrick McGuinness won an Eric Gregory Award for poetry from the Society of Authors and in 2001 he won the Levinson Prize from the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine. His books include a collection of poetry, The Canals of Mars, from Carcanet, academic works such as Symbolism, Decadence and the' fin de siècle': French and European Perspectives (University of ExeterPress, 2000). Most recently, he edited the Collected Poems of Lynette Roberts. He is a fellow of St Anne's College, University of Oxford, wherehe lectures in French.

Nigel McLoughlin is a prize-winning poet and the author of four collections of poetry. He was co-editor of Breaking The Skin, a two-volume anthology ofnew Irish writers published by Blackmountain Press in 2002. His new collection, Dissonances, is to be published (with an accompanying CD) byBluechrome in September 2007. He is Field Chair in Creative Writing and Course Leader for the MA in Creative & Critical Writing at the University of Gloucestershire. He is currently writing a textbook on poetry for Palgrave Macmillan.

Jeffrey Wainwright is a poet whose Selected Poems (1985), The Red-Headed Pupil (1994) and Out of the Air (1999) are published by Carcanet . He has translated plays by Péguy, Claudel, and Corneille. A book on the purposes and styles of poetry, Poetry the Basics, was published by Routledge in April2 004. His book Acceptable Words: Essays on the Poetry of Geoffrey Hill,was published by Manchester University Press in 2006. Carcanet will publish his new collection, Clarity or Death!. He is Professor in the Department of English at Manchester Metropolitan University and teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Hosted by Todd Swift, Oxfam Poet-in-Residence

Admission free, suggested donation £6 - all proceeds to Oxfam.
Please RSVP: Martin Penny

Telephone: 020 7487 3570;

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