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A night of local and international poetry in Stratford

Poetry night will bring together Canadian and east London poets

Words can bring us together. They can also set us apart. Join us for a unique evening of international and grass roots poetry, exploring how words connect people from very different parts of the world.

This special event proudly presents award-winning poets from Canada alongside the very best local talent from east London for readings and discussion. Plus, you can meet the poets after the event. This event is free, but you are advised to arrive early, as it will get very busy.

Confirmed poets from Canada

Jeanette Lynes is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Bedlam Cowslip: The John Clare Poems, which received The Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award in 2015. Her poems recently appeared in Gutter and Prairie Fire. Jeanette's first novel, The Factory Voice, was long listed for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize and a ReLit Award. Jeanette directs The MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Catherine Graham is the winner of the International Festival of Authors’ Poetry NOW competition, Catherine Graham is the author of five acclaimed poetry collections including Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, a finalist for the Raymond Souster Poetry Award and CAA Poetry Award. Her work is anthologized in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Vol IV & V and The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets, and has appeared in Gutter Magazine, Poetry Daily, Poetry Ireland Review, The Ulster Tatler, Glasgow Review of Books, CBC Books and more. She completed an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University while living in Northern Ireland. Graham now teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award. Her sixth poetry collection, The Celery Forest, will appear in 2017 as will her debut novel, Quarry.

Albert F. Moritz (A.F. Moritz) is the author of 20 books of poetry. His poetry has received the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Ingram Merrill Fellowship, Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Award, selection to the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets, and three nominations as finalist volumes for the Governor General’s Award, among other recognitions. In 2009, for his collection The Sentinel, he was the recipient of the Griffin Prize, the world’s largest and one of its most prestigious awards for a volume of English-language poetry. He has also won the ReLit Award, Canada’s “anti-Griffin” best-of-the-year prize, for Night Street Repairs (2004), which in 2010 was named one of 39 “books of the decade” by the Toronto Globe and Mail. His 2015 collection The New Measures received the League of Canadian Poets’ book-of-the-year award, the Raymond Souster Prize, and was also a finalist for Canada’s national literary prize, the Governor General’s Award, as were The Sentinel in 2008 and Rest on the Flight into Egypt in 1999.

Moritz’s poems have appeared regularly in a variety of widely known journals: Poetry, The Hudson Review, The American Poetry Review, The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, The Yale Review, The Southwest Review, The Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Literature, The Partisan Review, Agni and many others, as well as occasionally in magazines in Europe and Latin America. In the U.K., his poems have appeared recently in The High Window and are soon forthcoming in another number of that journal. His poems have been included in several editions of the annual anthologies The Best Canadian Poetry and The Best American Poetry, including in The Best of the Best American Poetry, ed. Harold Bloom. A Canadian citizen, Moritz was born in Ohio and moved to Canada in 1974 for reasons of education.

Ian Burgham is the author of six collections of poetry published in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. He has performed his work throughout Canada, the UK and Mexico. His poems have appeared in more than 25 poetry journals in Canada, Australia, the USA and the UK including The Literary Review of Canada, Gutter (UK), Contemporary Verse 2, Queen’s Quarterly, Arc Poetry Magazine, Five Bell’s Review (Aus). Burgham has read at venues in London (UK), Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Stratford-Upon-Avon. In 2016, he read at the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe, and later, at the 4th International Congress of Language and Literature in Mexico. He is a past winner of the Queen’s Well-Versed Award and a past nominee for Canada’s Relit Award. A new collection of his poems is to be published in 2018.

Poets from Barking and Newham will also read their work.

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Thursday, 3 August 2017