Faber 90th: A Celebration of Poetry

Faber 90th: A Celebration of Poetry

1st October 2019

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Faber 90th: Celebrating a Year in Poetry
1 October 2019
Bloomsbury Theatre
7 p.m.

Join us for a very special Faber Members’ event where poets published in our ninetieth year will read from their work. 

Poets include (in alphabetical order): Rachael Allen, Simon Armitage, Mary Jean Chan, Julia Copus, Joe Dunthorne, Lavinia Greenlaw, Ilya Kaminsky, Zaffar Kunial, Paul Muldoon, Christopher Reid, Hugo Williams and 2018 T. S. Eliot Prize winner Hannah Sullivan. The evening will be introduced by Faber Poetry Editor, Matthew Hollis. 

Enjoy an evening of some of the finest voices in contemporary poetry interspersed with audio recordings of Faber poets from the past.

The Poets

Rachael Allen – Kingdomland
Rachael Allen was born in Cornwall and studied at Goldsmiths College. She is the co-author of Jolene, a book of poems and photographs with Guy Gormley, and Nights of Poor Sleep, a book of poems and paintings with Marie Jacotey. She has received a Northern Writers’ Award and an Eric Gregory Award, and was made a Faber New Poet in 2014. She is poetry editor at Granta and co-founder of the poetry press clinic and online journal tender.

Simon Armitage – Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic
Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. A recipient of numerous prizes and awards, he has published twelve collections of poetry, including Seeing Stars (2010), The Unaccompanied (2017) and his acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2007). He writes extensively for television and radio, and is the author of two novels and the non-fiction bestsellers All Points North (1998), Walking Home (2012) and Walking Away (2015). His theatre works include The Last Days of Troy, performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2014. In 2015 he was appointed Professor of Poetry at Oxford University and in 2018 he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

Mary Jean Chan – Flèche
Mary Jean Chan grew up in Hong Kong and studied at Swarthmore College, the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London. Her debut pamphlet, A Hurry of English, was selected as the 2018 Poetry Book Society Summer Pamphlet Choice. In 2017, Chan’s poem ‘//’ was shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. She is a Ledbury Poetry Critic, editor of Oxford Poetry, advisory board member at the Poetry Translation Centre and member of the Folio Prize Academy. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Oxford Brookes University and lives in London.

Julia Copus – Girlhood
Julia Copus was born in London in 1969, a stone’s throw from the Young Vic theatre, read Latin at Durham, and now lives in Somerset. Her most recent poetry collection, The World’s Two Smallest Humans (2012), was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Costa Poetry Award. She has won First Prize in the National Poetry Competition and the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. She works as a freelance podcast producer and in 2018 was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Joe Dunthorne – O Positive
Joe Dunthorne’s first novel, Submarine, was translated into sixteen languages and adapted for film by Richard Ayoade. His second, Wild Abandon, won the 2012 Encore Award. His latest is The Adulterants. His poems have been published in Poetry Review, the London Review of Books and the White Review.

Lavinia Greenlaw – The Built Moment
Lavinia Greenlaw was born in London. She has published five collections of poetry with Faber & Faber, including Minsk (2003), which was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot, Forward and Whitbread Poetry Prizes, and The Casual Perfect (2011). A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde (2014) was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award. Her novels include In the City of Love’s Sleep (2018) and her non-fiction includes The Importance of Music to Girls (2007) and Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland (2011).

Ilya Kaminsky – Deaf Republic
Ilya Kaminsky was born in the former Soviet Union and is now an American citizen. He is the author of a previous poetry collection, Dancing in Odessa, and co-editor of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. He has received a Whiting Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was named a finalist for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages.

Hugo Williams – Lines Off
Hugo Williams was born in 1942 and grew up in Sussex. He worked on the London Magazine from 1961 to 1970, since when he has earned his living as a journalist and travel writer. Billy’s Rain won the T. S. Eliot Prize in 1999. His Collected Poems was published in 2002, and his last collection, I Knew the Bride, was published in 2014 and shortlisted for the Forward and the T. S. Eliot prizes. In 2004 he received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

Zaffar Kunial – Us
Zaffar Kunial was born in Birmingham and lives in Hebden Bridge. He published a pamphlet in the Faber New Poets series in 2014 and spent that year as the Wordsworth Trust Poet-in-Residence. Since his first public reading, of ‘Hill Speak’ at the 2011 National Poetry Competition awards, he has spoken at various literature festivals and in programmes for BBC radio, and won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for his poem ‘The Word’.

Paul Muldoon – Frolic and Detour
Paul Muldoon is the author of twelve books of poetry including Moy Sand and Gravel, for which he received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other awards include the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 2003 Griffin Prize, the 2015 Pigott Prize, and the 2017 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Born in County Armagh in 1951, he has lived since 1987 in the United States, where he is the Howard G. B. Clark Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University.

Christopher Reid – A Scattering and Anniversary
Christopher Reid is the author of many books of poems, including A Scattering (2009), winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award, and The Song of Lunch (2009). His latest collection is Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs (2018). For most of the 1990s he worked at Faber & Faber, as poetry editor. He is currently editing a volume of Seamus Heaney’s letters, to be published in 2022.

Hannah Sullivan – Three Poems
Hannah Sullivan lives in London with her husband and two sons and is an Associate Professor of English at New College, Oxford. She received her PhD from Harvard in 2008 and taught in California for four years. Her study of modernist writing, The Work of Revision, was published in 2013 and awarded the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize by the British Academy