Generation Txt

In our first ever tour, audiences experienced literature from the frontline in a whirlwind journey from scars to scrap-bins; from tea smuggling to suicide. Hailed by distinguished poet and critic Roddy Lumsden as ‘a vital cross-section of the poetry that will progress and flourish’, Generation Txt was the must-see event for anyone interested in the future of poetry.

Hand-picked from a nationwide search for writing talent between the ages of 16 and 30, the line-up included former Northern Young Writer of the Year Emma McGordon and celebrated performance poet Inua Ellams, as well as Joe Dunthorne, whose debut novel Submarine has been snapped up by Penguin. Natural Sciences graduate Laura Forman, creative writing student Abigail Oborne and experimental poet and text artist James Wilkes completed the bill.


Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.


Good news for poetry
Richard Morrison, The Times

Generation Txt looks at all points of poetry’s star and is less concerned with the middle ground, which makes this selection of young writers more vital and a truer cross-section of the poetry that will progress and flourish.
Roddy Lumsden

This collection is a creative ideas manual … replete with offbeat and tangential work. These six young poets are joyfully working with Ezra Pound’s dictum to ‘make it new’ and doing it with extreme effervescence.
Times Educational Supplement

Tour dates

May 17 2007 DEVON Plough Arts Centre
May 18 2007 SWINDON Literature Festival
May 19 2007 STROUD Valley Artspace
May 22 2007 LONDON Bloomsbury Theatre
May 24 2007 MAIDENHEAD Norden Farm
May 25 2007 OXFORD Playhouse
May 26 2007 MANCHESTER Contact
May 28 2007 LIVERPOOL The Pilgrim
May 29 2007 DURHAM Gala Theatre
May 30 2007 NEWCASTLE Lit & Phil
June 2 2007 NORWICH Arts Centre
June 3 2007 CAMBRIDGE JE Wilson Studio
June 5 2007 BRIGHTON Earth & Stars

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