Glyn Maxwell, Clare Pollard, Simon Barraclough & Joe Dunthorne

Thursday 5 August, 7pm
Aubin & Wills 188 Westbourne Grove W11 2RH
Nearest tube: Westbourne Park / Notting Hill Gate

Free entry, refreshments provided

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Glyn Maxwell was born in 1962 in Welwyn Garden City and studied at Oxford University and at Boston University under Derek Walcott. He has published nine collections of poetry, as well as fiction, travel writing and drama. One of the New Generation Poets, he has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize (twice), the TS Eliot (three times) and the Whitbread (twice). The Nerve won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, whilst his superb latest collection Hide Now was nominated for both the Forward and Eliot Prizes. His plays have been staged in the UK and internationally, including Liberty at Shakespeare’s Globe, Wolfpit in Edinburgh and New York, and his reinterpretation of the Jack the Ripper story The Only Girl in the World at Hoxton Hall and Arcola Theatre. He lives in Islington.

“His range is vast, his energy unlimited, his temperement restless and risk-taking…Maxwell looks well on his way to becoming the complete modern English poet” – Poetry Review

Clare Pollard was born in 1978, and studied at Cambridge University. She was the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award in 2000.  Her first poetry collection, The Heavy-Petting Zoo, was published in 2000 and her second collection, Bedtime, was published in 2002. She has also presented two television documentaries, one for Channel 4 with verse commentary. Her first play, The Weather (2004), was staged at the Royal Court in Autumn 2004, and her documentary for radio, My Male Muse (2007), was a BBC Radio 4 Pick of the Year. Clare’s latest collection of poetry is Look, Clare! Look! (2005), and in 2009 she edited an anthology of new poetry with James Byrne: Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century (2009).

Simon Barraclough is originally from Yorkshire but has lived in London since 1997. He won the poetry section of the London Writers’ Prize in 2000 and his 2008 debut Los Alamos Mon Amour was shortlisted for Best First Collection in the Forward Prizes. His work has been published in the likes of Poetry Review, The Guardian, The FT and Magma and he is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3 and 4. He has recently published a mini-book with Penned in the Margins entitled Bonjour Tetris. It comes in a hand-stamped box.

Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea. His debut novel, Submarine, is published by Hamish Hamilton/Penguin. It won the Curtis Brown prize and has been translated in to ten languages. A film of the book is being directed by Richard Ayoade and produced by Warp Films. His poetry has been published in magazines including Poetry Review, Poetry London, Magma and New Welsh Review and his debut poetry pamphlet was published by Faber in May 2010. He has written for The Guardian and The Independent. As of 2008, he became a member of the poetry collective, Aisle 16. He is a striker for the England Writers’ Football Team. Now twenty-eight, he lives in London.

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