10th September – Caroline Bird, John Challis

Caroline Bird has five collections of poetry published by Carcanet. Her most recent collection, In These Days of Prohibition, was shortlisted for the 2017 TS Eliot Prize. A two time winner of the Foyles Young Poets Award, her first collection Looking Through Letterboxes was published in 2002 when she was 15. She won a major Eric Gregory Award in 2002 and was shortlisted for the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2001 and the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2008 and 2010. She was one of the five official poets at the 2012 London Olympics.

 

John Challis’s debut pamphlet is The Black Cab (Poetry Salzburg, 2017). He is a recipient of a Northern Promise Award, a Pushcart Prize, and was selected as one of the Poetry Trust’s Aldeburgh Eight in 2015. His poems have appeared on BBC Radio 4, as well as in magazines including MagmaThe NorthPoetry LondonPoetry Salzburg ReviewThe Rialto, and Stand. He is a Research Associate and Teaching Fellow at Newcastle University.