The Poetry Society presents a special event featuring readings and Q & A from poet Yvonne Reddick, the winner of the inaugural Peggy Poole Award – a new talent development award recognising emerging writers in the North West of England – alongside the judge of this year’s competition, celebrated poet and critic Deryn Rees-Jones.
Yvonne Reddick is the author of Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet and Translating Mountains, which was selected as a favourite pamphlet of 2017 in the Times Literary Supplement. She has received a Northern Writer’s Award, the Poetry Society’s inaugural Peggy Poole Award and a commendation in the 2018 National Poetry Competition. Her forthcoming pamphlet Spikenard is a Laureate’s Choice. She lectures in English Literature and Creative Writing.
Deryn Rees-Jones was born in Liverpool with family links to North Wales, where she later studied. She won an Eric Gregory award in 1993 and The Memory Tray (Seren, 1995) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Her other works are Signs Round a Dead Body (Seren, 1998), Quiver (Seren, 2004), and a groundbreaking critical study of twentieth-century women’s poetry, Consorting with Angels (Bloodaxe, 2005), which was published alongside her accompanying anthology Modern Women Poets (Bloodaxe, 2005). Burying the Wren was published in 2012; it was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and a Times Literary Supplement book of the year. She is Professor of Poetry at the University of Liverpool, and is the editor of the new Pavilion Poetry series, for Liverpool University Press.
The Peggy Poole Award helps emerging writers develop their craft, and gives poets in the North West of England the chance to win a year of mentoring from a leading poet, running alongside the National Poetry Competition, The award is in memory of the poet and broadcaster Peggy Poole and made possible thanks to the generosity of her extended family and many friends. Read more about the Peggy Poole award.