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Liverpool Poetry Cafe and The Windows Project present Michael Murphy and Matt Simpson: A Celebration

Leading poets Gwyneth Lewis, John Lucas, Maurice Riordan, Lawrence Sail and George Szirtes present a critical tribute of verse by Michael Murphy and Matt Simpson.

Liverpool-born Murphy produced much-admired poetry of great intensity, even while suffering from a brain tumour. He studied under the tutelage of Matt Simpson and his critical work includes a study of George Garrett, a Liverpool seaman and writer of the 1920s and works on Joyce and Proust. In 2001 he won the Geoffery Dearmer Prize for New Poet of the Year and went on to publish three books of poetry, all from Shoestring Press: After Attila, Elsewhere and Allotments. In 2006 Murphy became a senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. He died in 2009 aged 43.

Matt Simpson was a poet, teacher and critic. His love of Liverpool is at the heart of all his work. Simpson was born in Bootle 1936, the son of a merchant seaman who, though often absent, is also a constant presence in his poetry. Simpson published six collections on the Knowsley Wall of Fame. Simpson died in 2009 shortly after Michael Murphy.

The event will launch the publication of Collected Poems from both Murphy and Simpson, published by Shoestring Press.

Take your ticets to the News from Nowhere Festival bookstall for £2 off a copy of either collection.

Part of this year's Chapter & Verse Literature Festival. For the full schedule click here or download the brochure

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