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National Poetry Day: Blackwell's Poetry Fiesta

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As part of this year's National Poetry Day celebrations, Blackwell's is proud to present an all day Poetry Fiesta in our beautiful Norrington Room!

Performing their own poetry in our shop is a wonderful and diverse group of outstanding poets from Oxford and across the country. Please join us throughout the day to catch them in lyrical action!

Award-winning performance poet and raconteur Tina Sederholm is an intermittent idealist, reluctant feminist and recovering workaholic. Host of Oxford’s long-running poetry slam, Hammer & Tongue, and an Edinburgh Fringe veteran, she has written and performed four one-woman shows on subjects ranging from food fascism to how to make friends with money without jumping into bed with it. Her latest show, 'Everything Wrong With You is Beautiful', is based on her recently published collection of the same name.

Former British Judo champion Owen Lowery suffered a spinal injury while competing and is now a tetraplegic. He holds Master’s degrees in Military Studies and in Creative Writing, and has recently completed a PhD at Bolton University on the poetry of Keith Douglas. Owen’s poetry has appeared in Stand, PN Review, The Independent, and The Guardian. His first collection, 'Otherwise Unchanged', was published in 2012 by Carcanet, and his second collection, 'Rego Retold', was also published by Carcanet in 2015.

Claudine Toutoungi grew up in Warwickshire and studied English and French at Trinity College, Oxford University. After a Master’s at Goldsmiths, she trained as an actor at LAMDA and worked as a BBC Radio Drama producer and English teacher. As a dramatist, her plays Bit Part and Slipping have been produced by The Stephen Joseph Theatre. She adapted 'Slipping' for BBC Radio 4, after it was featured in an international reading series at New York’s Lark Play Development Centre. Other work for BBC Radio includes Deliverers and Home Front. Her latest collection 'Smoothie' will be published by Carcanet in September 2017.

David Morley won the Ted Hughes Award for New Poetry in 2016 for 'The Invisible Gift: Selected Poems' and a Cholmondeley Award for his contribution to poetry. His collections include 'The Gypsy and the Poet', a PBS Recommendation and Morning Star Book of the Year; 'Enchantment', a Sunday Telegraph Book of the Year; The Invisible Kings, a PBS Recommendation and TLS Book of the year. A dramatic long poem 'The Death of Wisdom Smith, Prince of Gypsies' has been published by The Melos Press. He is Professor at Warwick University and Monash University, Melbourne. His latest collection 'The Magic of What’s There' will be published by Carcanet in November 2017.

James Webster is an inveterate scribbler of poetry and prose who can most reliably be found writing weird little stories online (strangelittlestories.tumblr.com), or on a stage somewhere, doing something that can only be described as ‘proclaiming’. As a poet, he’s won multiple slams, performed up and down the UK, and written two full-length spoken word theatre shows, '50 Shades of Webster' and 'Poor Life Choices' for various festivals and even one sci-fi convention. His first collection of short prose and poetry, 'Heroine Chic', comes out in September with Inspired Quill.

Humphrey 'Huck' Astley is a writer and musician based in Oxford. His works include the three-part album and stage-show 'Alexander the Great: a Folk Operetta' (PinDrop/PRSF, 2013-15) and the pamphlet 'The Gallows-Humored Melody' (Albion Beatnik Press, 2016). A new pamphlet, 'The One-Sided Coin', is forthcoming from Rain over Bouville Press.


Each poet will have a time slot throughout the day. Timings to be confirmed closer to the event.

This event is FREE to attend, but please feel free to register your interest on this page, to allow us to prepare for capacity.

This event is just one amongst several fantastic events we have lined up for this year's National Poetry Day. For more information on others, please see our main Eventbrite listings page.


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