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LJMU Writers' Workshop present: Writing the Body

  • Wed, 17 Feb 2016
  • 6.00 PM - 7.30 PM
  • Tickets: £3/2

Readings from poets Andrew McMillan and Rebecca Goss.

Connecting to the current exhibition Left Hand to Back of Head, Object Held Against Right Thigh, this event brings together two poets whose work has very much explored aspects of embodied human experience. Both poets will read from new and recent work and followed by a discussion on their writing and the themes of the exhibition with Bluecoat's Head of Programme Marie-Anne McQuay. 

Andrew McMillan is a lecturer in creative writing at Liverpool John Moores University. His debut collection physical, published last year, is the first book of poetry to win the Guardian First Book Award. It also won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize for a first collection and was shortlisted for both the Costa prize and the Forward Prize for first collections. The success of Andrew’s book is tribute to the way in which his poems have spoken to so many people, exploring questions of masculinity and male vulnerability in a very direct, honest and moving way, and opening up a much needed space for thinking about men’s emotional and physical lives.

Rebecca Goss grew up in Suffolk, and has now returned to her roots there, but lived for twenty years in Liverpool, where she both studied and taught at John Moores University. Rebecca’s first collection The Anatomy of Structures was published in 2010 and her second collection, Her Birth, came out in 2013. Her Birth was shortlisted for the Forward Prize, the Warwick Prize and the Portico Prize, and won the poetry category of the East Anglian Book Awards. Last year Rebecca was selected as one of the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation Poets. In Her Birth Rebecca addresses very directly and movingly her experience of loss and grief, writing about the short life and death of her baby daughter Ella. But in her work more broadly she also explores sexuality and sensuality, the whole range of our emotional and embodied lives. 


Photo credit (Andrew McMillan image): Innes Morrison

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