Guest Poet: 5th April 2018

Olivia McCannon is our guest poet for this event. Do read her Biography below and visit her website at
We meet at Creative Innovation Centre (CIC) starting at 8 pm.
Doors open from 7:30. Entrance Fee £5.

For available Open Mic slots, please contact John Stuart.

Short Biography of Olivia McCannon

Olivia’s poetry collection Exactly My Own Length (Carcanet, 2011) won the 2012 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize. Recent poems have appeared in the TLS, Ploughshares, and the Sidekick Books Birdbook anthology (2016). The poems of her second collection New Road (near completion) explore the violence of normalization and the will to resist and regenerate structures and systems.

She lived for nine years in France (eight in Belleville, Paris) and her translations include Balzac’s Old Man Goriot (Penguin Classics, 2011) and the Renaissance and contemporary women poets Louise Labé and Ariane Dreyfus (in Modern Poetry in Translation, 2016, 2017). She is interested in how poets and translators are currently transforming the expression of gender in language. She co-judged the Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize in 2015 and is one of the judges of this year’s Stephen Spender Prize.