February 4th, 2021 – Guest Poet: John Greening

We are delighted to invite John Greening to our next FRP Zoom event.

John has lived in Upper Egypt, Scotland and the USA, but has been based in Cambridgeshire with his family for many years. Recipient of the Alexandria Prize, Bridport Prize and a Cholmondeley Award, he has published over twenty collections, large and small, including Heath with Penelope Shuttle (Nine Arches, 2016).
Carcanet have brought out both To the War Poets (2013) and The Silence (2019) which features his long Sibelius poem. In 2017 there was a memoir of his time in Egypt, Threading a Dream (Gatehouse).

His most recent publications are the pamphlets Europa’s Flight (New Walk, 2019), Moments Musicaux (Salzburg, 2020) and a Postcard to (Red Squirrel Press, 2020, with Stuart Henson). He has edited Geoffrey Grigson’s poetry for Greenwich Exchange and Edmund Blunden’s Undertones of War for OUP (2015) along with many books about poets and poetry.

Click here to read transcript of interview with John by FRP member Graeme Ryan

He is currently editing Iain Crichton Smith for Carcanet Press. His anthologies include Accompanied Voices: Poets on Composers, Ten Poems about Sheds and the forthcoming Hollow Palaces (modern country-house poems, edited with Kevin Gardner, for Liverpool UP). He has provided libretti for Roderick Williams, Cecilia McDowall and Philip Lancaster. A long-standing reviewer for the TLS (the collected reviews, Vapour Trails, have just appeared from Shoestring), he runs a monthly Poetry School workshop in Cambridge, where he has also been RLF Writing Fellow at Newnham College. www.johngreening.co.uk

Some Recent Reviews
‘Finely wrought, varied, touched with humour and marked by discernment. Highly recommended.’ – Alfred Corn on Moments Musicaux

John Greening’s The Silence is a fine collection of verse – coherent and yet varied, constantly fresh and insightful, often deeply moving, deploying a language that is as vibrant as its vision of the world. It is a collection to return to frequently, in order to immerse onself in its richness, its darkness, and its felicity of voice‘ – David Malcolm in Poetry Salzburg Review

John’s collection ‘The Silence’ is available here from Carcanet Press.

His work ‘a Post Card to John Greening & Stuart Henson’ is available here from Red Squirrel Press