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PSWG AGM and four readings event & social

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The Poetry and Spoken Word Group's first AGM, followed by readings from Colette Bryce, Kayo Chingonyi, Menna Elfyn and Liz Niven

Annual General Meeting

5.30 - 6.15pm

Chair's report and results of committee elections announced. Please email Lily at llevinson@societyofauthors.org with any issues that you would like to raise in advance.

The AGM is open to members only. It is free to attend, but please reserve your place.

The current committee warmly thanks Charles Christian and Penelope Shuttle, who stood down over the course of the year, for their thoughtful contributions and dedicated enthusiasm.

Shazea Quraishi and Rachel McCarthy, who were co-opted in their places, have been invited to complete a full term of service, and Jacqueline Saphra has accepted the committee's official nomination for a third position.

Any members wishing to stand as an alternative candidate should contact Lily Levinson (PSWG Secretary) at llevinson@societyofauthors.org before Monday 25 September with:

  • - their SoA membership number and preferred name
  • ​ - an election statement of no more than 200 words
  • - a photograph (optional)
  • If there are more nominations than places, an online election will be held and the new committee will be announced at the AGM on Thursday 26 October.


Four Readings

6.30 - 7.30pm

Four poets from across the UK read from their work.

Colette Bryce was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. Her most recent book, The Whole & Rain-domed Universe (2014), was awarded a special Ewart-Briggs Award and shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. Her poem 'The Full Indian Rope Trick' won the National Poetry Competition in 2003. She received a Cholmondeley Award in 2010 and now works in the North East of England.

Kayo Chingonyi's first full-length collection Kumukanda was published by Chatto & Windus this year. Warsan Shire described it as "tender, nostalgic and at times darkly hilarious" and The Guardian calls him a performer who "reads his poems with an immediacy that gives each one to you like a present". In 2012, he won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and represented Zambia at the Poetry Parnassus Festival at the Southbank Centre.

Menna Elfyn is the most well-known and translated of all modern Welsh language poets. She became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2015, and has directed the MA Creative Writing at Trinity College Carmarthen for many years. In 2003, she co-edited The Bloodaxe Book of Modern Welsh Poetry, which won a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
Liz Niven is a widely-published poet and is recognised as a specialist in Scots language in education. She has held residencies in numerous schools and communities in Scotland, as well as with the Scottish Poetry Library, the Scottish National Gallery, and Inverness Airport.


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7.30 - 8.15pm

Have a glass of wine and chat to fellow event attendees.


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