Matthew Hollis and Emily Dening on 8th January 2008

Matthew Hollis was born in Norwich in 1971. Ground Water (Bloodaxe 2004), his first full-length collection, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize for Poetry, the Guardian First Book Award and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. He published a pamphlet, The Boy on the Edge of Happiness, with Smith/Doorstop in 1996 and won an Eric Gregory Award in 1999.

not even the leaves
can lay down with such gentleness
or be touched so lightly as by your touch                       from Ground Water (Bloodaxe Books)

He is co-editor of 101 Poems Against War (Faber, 2003) and Strong Words: Modern Poets on Modern Poetry (Bloodaxe, 2000), and works as an editor at Faber and Faber. He is Writer-in-Residence at the Wordsworth Trust. Visit his wesbite at

“Hollis writes a knowing, lyrical poetry set against a landscape of big skies and battened-down horizons. He combines worldly wisdom with more detailed, vernacular understanding to produce poems that speak with a sense of purpose and place” – Simon Armitage

Emily Dening was born in London and lives in Cambridge. Her poems have been published in a number of poetry journals, and her poem Curtains was runner up in the 2005 Mslexia poetry competition. Dening's first pamphlet, A Stash of Gin (Mainsail Press) is published in January 2008.

There, in the bar, she poised,
spotted you and flicked her tongue
over her pink glossed lips.

Todd Swift praised Emily Dening's collection as "alive with the thrum and zoom of lived experience meeting often very fresh wordplay - these are poems to move, astonish, and reward the reader. Her poised attention to form is always open to sudden new things. A collection that confirms Dening as a good, serious poet."

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