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Forward Meet The Poet with Vicki Feaver

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Forward Meet the Poet : a chance to quiz the poets on the Forward Prizes 2020 shortlists. With Vicki Feaver, reading from I Want! I Want!

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Meet the Poet : a chance to hear & quiz the poets on the Forward Prizes 2020 shortlists.

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The Forward Prizes for Poetry invite all to enjoy readings from the ten shortlisted books in the Forward Meet the Poet series.

Registration for each event costs £3 - but if you donate £10 via Eventbrite, you can attend all the remaining series events for free.

Attendees can submit questions in advance and each session will be moderated by a Forward Prizes judge, in this case Alexandra Harris.

These 45 minute sessions are inspired by Jeremy Paxman, who judged the Forwards in 2014 and called half-jokingly for a “Poetry Inquisition” so the public could "ask poets to explain why they chose to write about the particular subject they wrote about, and why they chose the particular form and language, idiom, the rest of it".

He's now got his way and those who are prevented by circumstances from attending live poetry events this year will have the chance to join the conversation.

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Vicki Feaver (b. 1943, Nottingham) stole a copy of Blake’s poems from her parents’ bookshelf as a child and, reading it in bed by torchlight, developed a secret ambition to become a poet. Much of that early encounter went into I Want! I Want! - the title is from Blake’s engraving, showing a child clambering towards the moon on a ladder, and speaks to Feaver’s themes of female ambition and desire.

The sections of the book are separated by ladder motifs; Feaver describes testing her editor’s patience by insisting ‘they were drawn with just the right degree of wobbliness’.

A new collection from Feaver is a rare event; this is only her fourth in forty years. A poem from her 1993 collection The Handless Maiden won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. She is an Emeritus Professor at University College, Chichester.

Alexandra Harris is a writer, teacher, literary critic and cultural historian. Her work includes Romantic Moderns (2010), Weatherland: Writers and Artists Under English Skies (2015), Time and Place (2019) and many essays on books, paintings, people and places; she is currently working on a study of rural history and local feeling.

She reviews for The Guardian and has presented a range of arts programmes for BBC radio. She is a Professor of English at the University of Birmingham and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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