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ROGER GARFITT was born in 1944 and has been a freelance writer ever since winning the Gregory Award in 1974. He has been Poetry Critic of the London Magazine, Editor of Poetry Review, Writing Fellow at UEA and Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Swansea University. He runs Poetry Masterclasses for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education at Madingley Hall. He was married to Frances Horovitz, whose Collected Poems he edited after her early death from cancer. He made another life in Colombia, reporting for Granta and the London Review of Books. Now remarried, he lives in the Shropshire Hills. His sequence, Border Songs, is etched into the glass of the County Archives in Shrewsbury and performed with Sue Harris on the hammered dulcimer. A Latin-American sequence, From the Ridge, is on the Poetry Society website and performed with Gareth Rees-Roberts on guitar. In All My Holy Mountain, a Celebration in Poetry & Jazz of the life and work of Mary Webb, with the John Williams Octet and the composer Nikki Iles on piano, is available from www.jazzcds.co.uk. His memoir, The Horseman's Word (Jonathan Cape, 2011), was shortlisted for the PEN/Ackerley Prize and is now available as a Vintage paperback. Carcanet have published three collections of his poetry, including Given Ground (Poetry Book Society Recommendation, 1989) and a new collection, The Action, is coming out in August. His Selected Poems (2000) includes his despatches from Bogotá in the Drug War and his account of a charged return to the North East of England and the landscape he had shared with Frances Horovitz.

His reading at The Engineer's House will reflect on his love of working with musicians and culminate in a performance of two sections from In All My Holy Mountain, using a version of the CD with a dub track so that you can hear the interplay with Nikki Iles and the Octet.

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