A new poetry venue at the London Buddhist Centre
showcasing the work of well-known contemporary poets, exploring the relationship between poetry and spiritual life.
Thursday 27 June, 7.30pm. Donation - no need to book.
Astley is the editor of Bloodaxe Books. He edited Staying Alive, a landmark in the history of literary publishing, selling over 250,000
copies in Britain and America. He has published two novels, including The End of My Tether, shortlisted
for the Whitbread First Novel Award. He received an honorary D.Litt from
Maitreyabandhu has won the Keats-Shelley Prize, the Geoffrey Dearmer
Prize and the Basil Bunting Award. His first pamphlet, The Bond was
shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award, his second, Vita Brevis is a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. He will
launch his debut collection, The Crumb
Road – a Poetry Book Society Recommendation (Bloodaxe).
‘Maitreyabandhu is a poet of
journeys great and small - and the reader is privileged to be his companion.’ Carol Rumens.
Saturday 13 April, 7.30pm Fiona Sampson is returning to Poetry East to launch her new
collection ‘Coleshill’ – a PBS Recommendation (spring 2013). She has published
nineteen books, most recently Beyond the
Lyric: A Map of Contemporary British Poetry (Chatto, 2011) and Shelley – part of the Faber ‘Poet to
She has won the Newdigate Prize, and been short-listed for
both the Forward and T.S. Eliot Prize. She received writers’ awards from the
Arts Councils of England and Wales, and a Cholmondeley Award. She is
published in more than thirty languages, and her ten books in translation
include Patuvachki Dnevnik, awarded
the Zlaten Prsten (Macedonia).
Having started life as a violinist, she collaborates
regularly with composers as well as visual artists. Fiona gave the Newcastle
Poetry Lectures under the title Music Lessons, and was the editor of Poetry
Review for seven years. She is a regular broadsheet reviewer and a
Distinguished Writer at the University of Kingston.
'A major poet’ Tim
Liardet, PN Review
Saturday 9 March, 7.30pm
Oswald’s first collection of poetry, The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile
won the Forward Poetry Prize (Best First Collection) in 1996, and was
shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize in 1997. Her second collection Dart
the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2002. In 2004, Alice Oswald was named as one of the
Poetry Book Society's 'Next Generation' poets and her next collection, Woods
was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize and the T. S. Eliot
Prize. In 2007, her poem 'Dunt' won the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Single
Poem). Weeds and Wild Flowers
, illustrated by Jessica Greenman, was
shortlisted for the 2009 T. S. Eliot Prize and won the inaugural
Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. A Sleepwalk on the Severn,
a poem for several voices, was published in 2009. Her latest collection Memorial was shortlisted for the T.S.
The wonderful Alice Oswald who, by rights,
should be winning every prize going this year. Carol Anne Duffy
If you never read poetry, make an exception for
this. Jane Wheatley
on Dart, The Times
Click here to listen to Alice discuss her work with Maitreyabandhu.
Saturday 9 February,
was awarded the Michael Braude Award for Light Verse (American Academy of Arts
and Letters) in 1995. Her poetry collections include Making Cocoa for Kingsley
Amis, Serious Concerns, and If I Don't Know, which was
shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award. Two Cures for Love (2008) is
a selection of previous poems, together with new poems. She has edited a number
of poetry anthologies including Heaven on Earth: 101 Happy Poems (2001)
and is the author of two books for children.
is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and in 1998 was the listeners'
choice in a BBC Radio 4 poll to succeed Ted Hughes as Poet Laureate. Her latest
collection is Family Values was published by Faber in 2011. She was
awarded an OBE in 2010.
Cope’s real strength lies not in charm or
insight (she has buckets of both) but in the pitch-perfect exactitude of her
Sampson, Sunday Times
At her best, Wendy Cope is as good as Larkin. Christina Patterson, Independent
Thursday 1 November 2012, 7.30pm. Colm Tóibín is the author of six novels including The Blackwater Lightship and The Master, both of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and Brooklyn, which won the Costa Novel Award in 2009. He has written two collections of short stories as well as plays and essays. His novel The South won the Irish Times/Aer Lingus First Fiction Award. His other awards include the Prix du Meilleur Livre and the LA Times Novel of the Year. In 2011 he was awarded the Irish Pen Award for contribution to Irish literature. His new collection of essays, New Ways to Kill your Mother: Writers and their Families, is published by Viking,
and his new novel The Testament of Mary is due to be published by Penguin in October. He lives in Dublin, and is currently Mellon Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.
Heart-wrenching delicacy and emotional depth. The Times photograph © Steve Pyke
Saturday 15 September 2012, 7.30pm. £7 entry
Sean O’Brien is a poet, playwright, novelist and broadcaster.
He has won the Eric Gregory and a Cholmondeley Award. His poetry collection The Drowned Book won the T. S. Eliot Prize. Ghost Train, Downriver and The Drowned Book all won the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year), making Sean O'Brien the only poet to have won this prize more than once. His most recent collection, November was shortlisted for both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Poetry Prize for Best Poetry Collection of the Year. He is professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Saturday 30 June 2012, 7.30pm. £7 entry
Myra Schneider’s recent collections are Circling The Core; Insisting on Yellow: New and Selected Poems; and Multiplying The Moon – all Enitharmon – and a narrative poem, Becoming, (SLP 2007). She was shortlisted for a Forward Prize in 2007. Her prose publications include novels for young readers and books about personal writing, notably Writing My Way Through Cancer, a journal with poems, and with John Killick the resource book, Writing Your Self. She has co-edited anthologies of work by contemporary women poets; is a tutor for The Poetry School; and consultant to the Second Light Network of Women Poets.
Emotionally vulnerable, richly allusive and superbly poised. Jane Holland, Poetry London.
Friday 18 May 2012, 7.30pm.
Don Paterson has published six
collections of poetry, a version of Rilke’s Die
Sonette an Orpheus, two books of aphorism, and a book on Shakespeare’s
sonnets. He has also edited a number of anthologies. His poetry has won the
Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the
Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award, and the T.S. Eliot Prize on two occasions. Most
recently, Rain won the 2009 Forward Prize.
He teaches poetry at the University of St Andrews, is poetry editor at Picador
MacMillan, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He received the
OBE in 2008, and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010.
Saturday 24 March 2012, 7.30pm Sasha Dugdale is a poet and translator. She worked for the British Council in Russia in the
1990s where she set up the Russian New Writing Project with the Royal Court
Theatre. Since her return in 2001 she has translated new plays for the Court,
the RSC and other theatre companies. Her recent translations
of Elena Shvarts' poems Birdsong on the
Seabed were shortlisted for the Popescu Prize and the Academica Rossica
Award. Her third book of poetry Red House
appeared in August 2011 and is published by Carcanet / Oxford poets.
One of the most original
poets of her generation
Paul Batchelor, The Guardian.
A recording of Maitreyabandhu interviewing Sasha is available here.
10 December 2011, 7.30pm. £7 entry
School Founder, Mimi Khalvati returns to Poetry
East to launch her New and Selected
Poems (Carcanet 2011). Mimi has published six collections with Carcanet
Press. She is also co-editor of the Poetry School’s three anthologies of new
writing published by Enitharmon Press. Her most recent collection, The
Meanest Flower (Carcanet 2007), was a PBS Recommendation, a Financial Times
Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Mimi is a
Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2006, she received a Cholmondeley