The International Anthony Burgess Foundation and Penned in the Margins present readings from two of the UK’s most exciting young poets.
Selected by the Poetry Book Society as the one of the Next Generation Poets in 2014, Melissa Lee-Houghton’s work explores mental health and what it means to be human. Her debut collection A Body Made of You was published by Penned in the Margins in 2011. Her follow-up, Beautiful Girls, was released in 2013. She is a regular reviewer for The Short Review and has contributed to literary magazines such as Poetry Wales, 3:AM, Tears in the Fence, Poetry Salzburg Review, The White Review, The New Writer, La Reata and The Reader.
"Melissa Lee-Houghton is a bold, observant and daringly honest poet who intuitively knows what she is doing, even when she ventures into the scariest places." - Poetry Book Society
Luke Kennard is the author of numerous works of poetry and short fiction. His first collection of poems, The Solex Brothers, was published in 2005, and won an Eric Gregory Award. His second collection, The Harbour Beyond the Movie, made him the youngest writer to be nominated for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. His latest work, 2016’s Cain, covers everything from interfaith dialogue and genealogy to zombies. Cain's central sequence of 31 anagram poems re-energises Genesis 4:9-13, demonstrating the mastery of form and trademark surreal humour that has made Kennard one of British poetry's brightest lights.
“A truly 21st century writer, unafraid of barriers and conventions” - The Times
Entry includes £3 off books by both authors when purchased on the night.