Jill Abram presents Stablemates: A Poetry Salon with Kei Miller, William Letford and Kate Miller

Thursday 26th January 19:00 - 20:30 at London - Piccadilly

Jill Abram presents the fourth Stablemates Poetry Salon: an evening of readings and conversation with three poets from Carcanet Press;  Kei Miller, William Letford and Kate Miller. Readings start promptly at 7.30pm

Kei Miller studied English at the University of the West Indies, enrolling in Poetry because the Fiction course he wanted to take was full. I thought of poetry as just an exercise that would make me write better fiction but it took over, he says. In 2014 he was named one of the Next Generation Poets and won the Forward Prize with The Cartographer Tries to Map A Way To Ziona book he was prompted to write by his realisation that maps pretend to be innocent, but aren’t.

William Letford has been called the future of Scottish poetry.He’s a tremendous performer and has a rare talent for inspiring total unbroken attention from a live audience. Encouraged by Roger McGough telling him, aged 11, to keep writing, he has published two collections so far. His second, Dirt,contains elegy, anger and memory as well as a winningly un-fastidious lust for life in the present.

Kate Miller’s debut collection The Observances was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and won the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize, a unanimous decision by the judges for a book where the quiet but intense sensibility of the author is integral to her poetic endeavour. They called it an ambitious and unusual debut with an assurance and an authority that poets more often find (if they find it at all) later in their careers.

Carcanet began as a literary magazine in 1962. The press was created in 1969 and now publishes the most comprehensive and diverse list available of modern and classic poetry in English and in translation, as well as a range of inventive fiction, Lives and Letters and literary criticism.

Tickets are £10 and include a glass of wine


Further details: 02078512400

London - Piccadilly Waterstones, London - Piccadilly
Thursday 26th January 19:00 - 20:30

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