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Carcanet at 50: 17th Annual Rylands Poetry Reading

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The John Rylands Library

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Manchester

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The Rylands Poetry Reading celebrates the 50th anniversary of Carcanet Press, with Kei Miller, Sinéad Morrissey and Matthew Welton.

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The 17th annual Rylands Poetry Reading is part of a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Manchester-based independent literary publishing house, Carcanet Press.

The readers are Kei Miller, Sinéad Morrissey and Matthew Welton, three poets discovered by Carcanet, who have gone on to become significant voices in the world of contemporary poetry.

Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978. His first Carcanet book was There is an Anger that Moves (2007) and his 2014 collection, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, won the Forward Prize for Best Collection, and The Scotsman declared that as ‘...anyone who loves language will find it utterly intoxicating.' Kei has taught at the Universities of Glasgow, Royal Holloway and Exeter. He is the 2019 Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor to the University of Iowa and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His new collection is In Nearby Bushes (2019).

Sinéad Morrissey was born in Northern Ireland in 1972. Her debut, There Was Fire in Vancouver (1996), was followed by, among others, Parallax (2013), winner of the Irish Times Poetry Now Award and the T S Eliot Prize, and her sixth book, On Balance (2017), winner of the Forward Prize. ‘One of the country’s leading poets’ (Telegraph), Sinéad has served as Belfast Poet Laureate (2013-2014) and is currently Director of the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts at Newcastle University.

Matthew Welton was born in Nottingham in 1969. He received the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection Prize for The Book of Matthew (2003), which was also a Guardian Book of the Year. Jack Underwood wrote of his third book, The Number Poems (2016), ‘you're unlikely to read anything like it . . . poems are rarely so curious, precise and committed to their enquiry’. He lectures on Writing and Creativity at the University of Nottingham.

All of our poets will feature in an upcoming exhibition to celebrate Carcanet Press at the John Rylands Library, opening in March 2020.

The event will include readings by the poets, followed by a book signing.

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5:00pm - drinks reception and collection encounter

6:00pm - poetry readings

7:00pm - book signing

We’re delighted you plan to join us for this event. Because it’s free, we have to over-book: our experience is that many who reserve a place don’t attend on the night. Please let us know you are coming by reserving a place on Eventbrite.

We urge you to arrive twenty minutes before the readings start to be assured of admission. We cannot guarantee a place for late-arrivals. We will provide refreshments, and books from each of the three readers will be available to purchase. Please direct any queries to jessica.smith@manchester.ac.uk or 0161 306 6538.

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