Poetry and Performance


Poetry and Performance

Thursday 11 October 2018 – at 7.30 at The Room, 33 Holcombe Road, Tottenham Hale, London N17 9AS

7.30 pm. Special GREY SUIT launch addition – for Dialysis Days by Hugo Williams, a new chap-book by Grey Suit Editions.

free with refreshments


Featuring Hugo Williams, supported by Kerry-Lee Powell, Alan Jenkins and Glyn Maxwell – hosted by Anthony Howell.

Hugo Williams with Anthony Howell – photo by David Larcher

Hugo Williams’s poems engage themes of personal memory, childhood, and sexuality with a plainspoken yet wry voice. In an interview with The Guardian, Williams discussed the autobiographical element of his work, stating, “You really can’t start if you’re not going to be completely honest. You have to use everything you know.… [Y]ou do sometimes enter into a sort of doublethink: ‘They won’t like it, but they might like it more if it’s well done.’”

Williams is the author of more than a dozen collections of poetry, including West End Final (2009), Collected Poems (2002), Billy’s Rain (1999), which won the T.S. Eliot Prize, Selected Poems (1989), and his Eric Gregory Award–winning debut, Symptoms of Loss (1965). A selection of his freelance writing appears in the essay collection Freelancing: Adventures of a Poet (1995). His additional honors include the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the Cholmondeley Award.

A columnist for the Times Literary Supplement, Williams lives in London.

Kerry-Lee Powell

Born in Montreal, Kerry-Lee Powell has lived in Antigua, Australia and the United Kingdom, where she studied Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cardiff University. Her work has appeared in The Spectator, Magma and The Boston Review. A collection of her poetry, Inheritance, was published by Biblioasis in 2014. She has also published a book of short stories, William de Kooning’s Paintbrush, with Harper Avenue in 2016.

Alan Jenkins

Alan Jenkins was brought up on the outskirts of London in Richmond, and educated at the University of Sussex, and has worked for The Times Literary Supplement since 1981. He was also a poetry critic for The Observer, and the Sunday Independent from 1985 to 1990. He edited the “Collected Poems of Ian Hamilton” (Faber & Faber, 2009). He has published six volumes of poetry including A Shorter Life (2005) and Revenants (2013). He is now Deputy Editor and Poetry Editor of The Times Literary Supplement. He has taught creative writing for the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Arvon Foundation, the Poetry Society, London, and at the American University in Paris. He was a judge for the Christopher Tower Poetry Prizes.

Glyn Maxwell’s volumes of poetry include The Breakage, Hide Now,and Pluto, all of which were shortlisted for either the Forward or T. S. Eliot Prizes, and The Nerve, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. On Poetry, a guidebook for the general reader, was published by Oberon in 2012. The Spectator called it ‘a modern classic’ and The Guardian’s Adam Newey described it as ‘the best book about poetry I’ve ever read.’ Many of Maxwell’s plays have been staged in London and New York, including Liberty at Shakespeare’s Globe, and at the Almeida, Arcola, RADA and Southwark Playhouse. His opera libretti include The Firework Maker’s Daughter(composer David Bruce) which was shortlisted for ‘Best New Opera’ at the Oliviers in 2014, Seven Angels (Luke Bedford) and The Lion’s Face (Elena Langer). These were staged at the Royal Opera House and toured the UK. In 2016 Nothing  (composer David Bruce) was staged at Glyndebourne. He is currently adapting The Magic Flute for Opera UpClose.



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