Funded by Arts Council England, Faber New Poets set out with the aim to identify and support emerging talents at an early stage in their careers. As Faber Poetry Editor Matthew Hollis puts it, it’s a traditional, three-pronged publishing package, comprising:
- A Bursary
- First publication in pamphlet form
The Tour Begins
For publication and to launch the scheme back in October last year, the four poets – with Faber Editor, chauffeur and part-time pizza chef Hollis at the wheel of their blue minibus – embarked on a UK tour: 1000-plus miles taking in Norwich, Cambridge, Oxford, then north to Hull, Durham, Lumb Bank, Ilkley and across to Manchester, armed with four Flip cameras to document life on the road.
What Goes On Tour Stays On Tour
Except when everyone’s armed with digital cameras … So here, in eight instalments for seven days, we see the poets as they visit the hillside cottage of Ted Hughes and the hometown of Philip Larkin, trespass on university lawns, perform at sold-out events, appear in a BBC ‘Culture Show’ film, bond over beer and Italian food, get lost on the Moors and master rock-star poses.
Day One: Norwich (12th October 2009)
Day One of the Faber New Poets tour sees the poets arriving in Norwich, ‘capital of mutants and mustard’. They’re to be joined by George Szirtes for their evening event at Norwich’s Writers’ Centre & Cafe.
Next stop: Cambridge.