Saturday 7th May, 5.30-6.30pm
This hybrid event is generously sponsored by The High Commission of Canada in the UK and with media support from the Griffin Poetry Prize.
Bridging together literary talent from Canada and the UK, we present poets associated with the Griffin Poetry Prize, one of world’s most generous international prizes for poetry. Canadian poet Eve Joseph lives and writes on the unceded traditional territories of the Lekwungen peoples. Her most recent book of poetry Quarrels (Anvil, 2018) is a collection of prose poems which meditate on the delights of the Canadian landscape and won the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize. Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation in northwest Alberta. His books include This Wound is a World (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) which explores prejudice, sexuality and the voices of Indigenous people, and won the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize. Kathleen Jamie is presently serving as Scotland’s Makar, or National Poet. Her award-winning collections include The Overhaul, which won the 2012 Costa Poetry Prize, The Tree House, which won the Forward prize and Mr and Mrs Scotland are Dead: Poems 1980-1994, (Bloodaxe Books, 2002) which explores language, travel and nature and was nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2003.