Vona Groarke / Peter Manson / Joseph Minden / Adam Piette

When & where: Fri 17th November 2023, 7:15pm – 9:15pm in the J. E. Wilson Drama Studio, Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP 

Free and open to all! Contact for Enquiries: Alex Houen, email <ah217@cam.ac.uk>

Sponsored by the Judith E Wilson Centre for Poetry & Poetics, University of Cambridge, and Blackbox Manifold poetry journal

Vona Groarke has been described in Poetry Ireland Review as ‘among the best Irish poets writing today’. Author of fourteen books, her latest, Woman of Winter, published last month, is a contemporary re-telling of the ninth century Irish poem, ‘The Lament of the Hag of Beare’. Her Selected Poems won the 2017 Pigott Prize for Best Irish Poetry Collection. Poet, essayist, reviewer and editor, her work has recently appeared in New York Review of Books, L.A. Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement and Poetry Review. Vona Groarke is the current Writer in Residence at St John’s College, Cambridge.

Peter Manson lives in Glasgow. His books include Poems of Frank Rupture, Between Cup and Lip, For the Good of Liars and Adjunct: an Undigest. His translations include Stéphane Mallarmé: The Poems in Verse and Gérard de Nerval: Sonnets. A booklet of poems, self-avoiding space-filling curve, is due soon from Just Not. See petermanson.wordpress.com for more.

Joseph Minden is a poet and secondary school teacher. His book-length poem Backlogues was released by Broken Sleep Books in 2023. Paddock calls: The Nightbook (slub press) and Poppy (Carcanet) came out in 2022.

Adam Piette is co-editor of Blackbox Manifold with Alex Houen, teaches at the University of Sheffield, and is author of Imagination at War, Remembering and the Sound of Words, and The Literary Cold War. His box-pamphlet, nights as dreaming, was published by Constitutional Information in 2023 with photographs by the late Alan Halsey. His collection Lies Blurring Here is doing the rounds. He’s currently working on translations of Attila József with Agnes Lehoczky.