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Olivia McCannon & David Spittle

A First Thursday Poetry Reading

Date/Time: Thursday 4th October, 1pm

Olivia McCannon’s poetry collection Exactly My Own Length (Carcanet/Oxford Poets, 2011) was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. She has translated medieval to contemporary French poetry including Louise Labé, Jean Follain, Ariane Dreyfus, and a novel, Balzac’s Old Man Goriot (Penguin Classics). She is a co-judge of this year’s Stephen Spender Prize and is taking a PhD in Translation and Creative Writing at Newcastle University thanks to a Northern Bridge Scholarship.

“Thoughtful, acute and inventive, interested in intricate harmonic effects, in pinning down the largest-scale moments of all.” Jane Draycott, PN Review

David Spittle’s debut pamphlet is B O X (HVTN, 2018), and his poetry has appeared in Blackbox Manifold, Datableed, 3am, The Literateur, Zarf, and has been translated into French by Black Herald Press. He was twice shortlisted for the Melita Hume Prize (2015/2016), and completed a PhD on John Ashbery and Surrealism in 2016. He is interested in the dialogue between film, poetry and Surrealism. Articles have been published in PN Review, Versopolis – The European Review of Poetry, Books and Culture, and Shuddhashar. In addition to poetry, David has written the libretti to three operas and in 2014 was commissioned to write a song cycle for the Bergen National Opera, since performed internationally.

First Thursday lunchtime readings are FREE to attend, no need to book!

David Spittle