Frances Leviston and Simon Pomery on 12th February 2008

Frances Leviston was born in Edinburgh in 1982, and grew up in Sheffield. She read English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and has an MA in Writing from Sheffield Hallam University. Her pamphlet Lighter (Mews Press) was the Pamphlet Choice in the PBS Bulletin of Spring 2005, and her poems have appeared in Poetry Review, Poetry London, British Council/Granta’s New Writing 14, and the TLS.

She received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2006, and her first collection, Public Dream (Picador) was recently shortlisted for the 2007 T S Eliot Prize.

“The notion of a public dream encapsulates Leviston's ability to conjure emotionally charged, private and complex experiences in language as clear as a glass of water. The combination of technical mastery and fresh, unrehearsed sensibility is what makes this collection so exciting.”The Times

Simon Pomery was born in Galway, Ireland, and grew up in the Peak District, Derbyshire. He studied English at the University of Leeds, where he won the Alison Moreland Prize for Poetry, and Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he won a Brewer Hall prize.

His poems have been published in various magazines including Agenda, Poetry London, P.N. Review and Tower Poetry.

The event also features short poem floor spots, books for sale and a licensed bar. Doors open at 7:30pm.