(l-r) Wayne Holloway-Smith, Rachael Allen (credit: Daniela Silva), Zaffar Kunial (credit: Kevin Lake), Yvonne Reddick (credit: Hayley Madden)
The Poetry Society and Faber are partnering to present an exciting quartet of striking poetry voices who are fast-gaining in reputation through recent publications and award wins. Join us for what promises to be a fabulous evening of poetry in the company of National Poetry Competition winner Wayne Holloway-Smith, author of PBS Wild Card Choice Alarum, Peggy Poole Award winner Yvonne Reddick, who recently published the Laureates Choice pamphlet Spikenard, Rachael Allen, poetry editor at Granta, Tender and Clinic, whose debut collection Kingdomland was a PBS Choice and Zaffar Kunial, whose debut collection Us was on the 2018 TS Eliot Prize shortlist and who won third-prize in the 2011 National Poetry Competition with his first ever published poem ‘Hill Speak’.
From the beginning, the poet was a wanderer, a storyteller, an imaginer of bridges between worlds. Zaffar Kunial is just such a poet and guide for us today. Yet his territory extends much further afield than those of the past – through Kashmir, where his father was born and now lives, to the Midlands of his mother’s birth, and further north to ancestors in Orkney, as well as through language, memory and time. Already an acknowledged star of the Faber New Poets scheme, Kunial’s debut collection Us received widespread acclaim on its publication in 2018.
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 Writers’ Award, The Poetry Society’s inaugural Peggy Poole Award and a commendation in the 2017 National Poetry Competition. Her new pamphlet Spikenard is a Laureate’s Choice. She lectures in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Central Lancashire.
Rachael Allen’s first collection, Kingdomland, was published by Faber in 2019. She was born in Cornwall and studied at Goldsmiths College. Nights of Poor Sleep, a collaboration with the painter Marie Jacotey, was published as a co-authored artists’ book in 2017 by Test Centre. She is poetry editor at Granta, and co-founder of poetry press clinic and online journal tender. She has received a Northern Writers’ Award and an Eric Gregory Award, and is currently studying for a PhD in poetry.
Wayne Holloway-Smith‘s debut collection, Alarum, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2017 and was a Poetry Book Society Wild Card Choice. His most recent publication is I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE WENDING (Test Centre, 2018). He is the winner of the 2018 National Poetry Competition.