National Poetry Day with Alycia Pirmohamed


Celebrate National Poetry Day with Don Paterson and Alycia Pirmohamed at Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts

The Poetry Book Society presents its Autumn Showcase with Don Paterson and Alycia Pirmohamed reading and in conversation with Bill Herbert. Introduced by PBS Manager Alice Mullen.

Alycia Pirmohamed’s debut full-length collection Another Way to Split Water (Polygon, 2022) is a PBS Autumn Recommendation following pamphlets Hinge and Faces that Fled the Wind. She is the co-founder of the Scottish BPOC Writers Network and currently teaches creative writing at Cambridge University. She is the recipient of several awards, including the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize and the 2020 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award.

‘These are poems for a global age, where we move between cultures with apparent ease and might have several lands – or none – which we call home. Pirmohamed describes expecting a lesson from the two elk which cross her path during a hike in “Elegy with two elk and a compass” and, though they gallop away, she gets the message. “The elk, in their way, have mastered living by mastering letting go”.’ The Scotsman

Don Paterson is Professor of Poetry at the University of St Andrews and poetry editor at Picador MacMillan. He is the author of eight books of poetry, including the PBS Autumn Recommendation The Arctic (Faber, 2022), and also works as a guitarist and composer. Paterson has twice won both the Whitbread/Costa Poetry Prize (2003, 2015) and the T. S. Eliot Prize (1997, 2003). He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and received the OBE in 2008 and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010.

‘Dynamic, interrogative and unsettling; crafted yet open-ended; fiercely smart, savage and stirring – from the get-go, Paterson’s poetry has been essential reading.’ The Guardian

Bill Herbert is Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Newcastle University.

  • Thurs 6 Oct 19:00
  • Culture Lab, Newcastle University
  • Free event (booking essential)
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Thursday 06 Oct 2022
Culture Lab, Newcastle University, Newcastle. United Kingdom