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Fire River Poets – Poetry Reading Nights – Thurs 7th Feb 2019

Doors open at 7.30 pm. The reading begins at 8.00 pm and costs £5.00. Entry should be paid for at the door. Venue enquiries to 01823 337477.
After the highly enjoyable open mic of our first event of 2019, Fire River Poets are delighted to welcome our first guest for the year, Jean Sprackland, who will read for us on Thursday 7 February 2019. Jean is a well known figure on the poetry ‘circuit’ locally and nationally. Chairman of Fire River Poets, John Stuart, said ‘Jean is a poet of precision and graceful cadences. An acute observer of the world around us – and of us humans with our loves and griefs.’ We are guaranteed an evening of thought provoking and absorbing poetry.
Jean Sprackland has published five poetry collections, most recently Green Noise, and her book Tilt was the winner of the Costa Poetry Award in 2008. She is also the author of Strands: A Year of Discoveries on the Beach, which won the Portico Prize for Non-Fiction in 2012. Jean is Professor of Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Chair of the Poetry Archive.

‘Jean Sprackland’s poems are an uncommon pleasure to read. They are defined by their hospitable grace. Sprackland has been highly regarded from the start of her career perhaps because she makes the reader welcome… she deserves to become a household name’. – Kate Kellaway, The Observer
‘Sprackland likes to read the sign language of the natural world… These poems are exact and well made, their lightness of touch often given drive by a fierce vocabulary.’ – Peter Scupham, Literary Review
‘In Sprackland’s poems, the sounds of words, how they feel in the mouth, point to an intimacy with their physicality and internal music… she is alive to the way words seduce us with their meaning, where nothing is ever fully disclosed.’ – Owen Gurrey, The London Magazine

Members of Fire River Poets will also be reading during the evening and, as John is always at pains to point out “We always provide a platform for poets of all ages and levels of experience, so there will as usual be an open mic session during the evening for any poet who would like to come along and read. Poets who would like to take advantage of this opportunity should apply through the Contact Us page on the Fire River Poets website www.fireriverpoets.org.uk
 
 

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