Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 November 2013
All events held in Woodstock Methodist Church apart
from the first and final readings
Thursday November 14
Pam Ayres, 5.30pm. Reading from her new poetry collection,
A Funny Way with Words, 8pm. Four performance poets bring their recent book to life in an original show including storytelling, music and
theatre – all held together by radio presenter Kathy Clugston (£5)
Friday November 15
Peter McDonald & Patrick McGuinness, 7pm (£5)
Peter McDonald lives in Woodstock and teaches at Christ Church, Oxford. His Collected Poems was published by Carcanet in 2012:
Patrick McGuinness is a professor at St Anne's, Oxford. He writes fiction
(The Last Hundred Days was on the 2011 Booker longlist) and poetry –
Jilted City is his second collection.
Saturday November 16
MsCellaneous, 3pm. 8 assorted poets from an Oxford-based poetry group.
Tickets £5 to include tea and cakes
Alice Oswald, 4.30pm, reciting Memorial, her reworking of Homer's Iliad: 'Oswald has achieved a miraculous feat' (Telegraph). This is a
magnificent achievement, all the more remarkable for being delivered to
the audience from memory (£5)
Julia Copus, 6.30pm, reading from The World's Two Smallest Humans, her third poetry collection (shortlisted for the Costa awards and TS Eliot
Prize 2012). Julia Copus is judging the National
Poetry Competition this year (£5)
New Libertines, 8.30pm. Very lively group of performance poets back by
popular demand (£5)
David Morley & Liz Berry, 4pm (£5)
David Morley's most recent collection is The Gipsy and the Poet, a Poetry Book Society recommendation, published by Carcanet in August and inspired by a real-life encounter between the poet John Clare and a gypsy. David Morley was one of the judges of the 2012 TS Eliot
Prize and is judging the 2013 Foyle Young Poets of the Year. He is Professor of Writing and Director of the Warwick Writing Programme at the University of Warwick.
Liz Berry was born in the Black Country. She received an Eric Gregory
Award in 2009 and won the 2012 Poetry London competition. She is assistant poetry editor for Ambit magazine and her debut collection is being published by Chatto & Windus next year: '...a compelling new voice – one that will continue to grow in range and authority' – Andrew Motion
David Constantine, Sasha Dugdale & Olivia McCannon, 6.30pm £5)
David Constantine won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award in 2013 for his collection, Tea at the Midland. He is a Fellow of the Queen’s College, Oxford, and was co-editor of Modern Poetry in Translation from 2004 to 2013. His most recent volume of poetry is Nine Fathom Deep.
Sasha Dugale has taken over from him at MPT. She is a poet and translator ('one of the most original poets of her generation', Guardian)
Olivia McCannon's first collection, Exactly My Own Length, was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre prize and won the 2012 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection prize.
Poetry Platform with Jenny Lewis, 8.30pm – free entry
Open evening for local poets in The Woodstock Arms with Jenny Lewis, who teaches poetry at Oxford University and runs many poetry workshops
Tickets and information