Once again SPS brings the Festival of Suffolk Poetry to the heart of the county at the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in Stowmarket for its fourth outing.
The date is Saturday 27th May 2017.
The highlights of the day will be provided by Nancy Mattson and Gregory Warren Wilson.
Nancy Mattson moved from the Canadian prairies to London in 1990. Her third full-length collection, Finns and Amazons (Arrowhead 2012), begins with poems about early 20th century Russian women artists but moves to a search for her Finnish great-aunt who disappeared in Stalinist Russia. Nancy’s previous collections are Writing with Mercury (Flambard 2006) and Maria Breaks Her Silence (Coteau 1989; shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award). She co-organises Poetry in the Crypt in Islington, north London.
Gregory Warren Wilson studied violin and composition at the Royal College of Music. After graduating with honours he worked with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and at the opera house in Florence, Italy. Now based in London he combines a freelance career as a violinist — recording and performing internationally — with his work as a poet. He was a member of the Razumovsky String Quartet for three years, and the London Mozart Players for ten.
He has published five collections of poetry, winning the Staple First Edition Award for his first, Preserving Lemons (1996), and receiving an Arts Council Award for his fourth, The Mercury Fountain (Enitharmon Press, 2008). He has tutored for the Arvon Foundation and the Poetry School, and has run courses on art and poetry at the National Gallery and Tate Britain.
The structure of the day is our established format of workshops from 10:00-12:30, Café Poets 13:30-17:00, Open Mic 17:00-17:45, then evening readers and discussion 18:30-21:30.
There will be plenty of breaks during the day and music will be provided by a harpist.
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