Kelvin Corcoran / Louis Klee

Thurs 2nd May 2024, 7:00pm – 8:15pm in the J. E. Wilson Drama, Studio, Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP

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

Free and open to all!

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Kelvin Corcoran grew up in the English Midlands the son of an alcoholic Irish father and loving mother. As a child he benefited from free school milk and the family allowance, which was essential. By virtue of a good teacher, he went to university and read poetry. His first book, Robin Hood in the Dark Ages, was published in 1985. From then through numerous books to his most recent Below This Level, 2019, The Republic of Song, 2020, and Collected Poems, 2023, his work has been applauded for its lyricism and intelligence He was a teacher for 33 years and then for a while a voluntary worker in the NHS. His work belongs to no school and has been commended by the Poetry Society and the Forward Prize committee and commissioned by the Arts Council and Medicine Unboxed. He lives in Brussels, Greece and Penwith in Cornwall.

Louis Klee is an Australian writer and philosopher. His poetry has been published in the TLS, Meanjin, the PN Review, and other places, and anthologised in the Best Australian Poems and Best of Australian Poems series. He was co-winner of the Peter Porter Prize, ‘one of Australia’s most prestigious prizes for a new poem’, in 2017 for his poem ‘Sentence to Lilacs’. He was a JUNCTURE Fellow for the Sydney Review of Books, where he has published essays on poetry and labour (as featured in episode 261 of Alice Allan’s Poetry Says podcast), Australian historiography, and the unlikely story of Alain Badiou’s reception in Australia (co-written with Christian Gelder). (Photo credit: Sophie Davidson)