“poems of moody and menacing interiors... these well-crafted poems relish their atmosphere of stylised confinement, even as they know that true liberation may require opening the door and letting the prisoners out.” – Times Literary Supplement
Esther Morgan won an Eric Gregory Award in 1998 and her first collection Beyond calling Distance (Bloodaxe 2001) won the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Best First Collection prize and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize. She is currently an Editorial Assistant and Manager of the Historic Recordings for The Poetry Archive. In 2006 she joined the team of writers teaching on Oxford University's M.St in Creative Writing. Her second collection The Silence Living in Houses (Bloodaxe 2005) has received highly favourable reviews. Her website is at www.esthermorgan.net.
“Joanne Limburg creates special worlds... crucial aspects of our lives are held up to the light and returned to us inventively, with humour and apparent ease.” – Moniza Alvi Poetry London
Joanne Limburg was born in London in 1970 and studied Philosophy at Cambridge. She has since gained an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies and now works as an Associate lecturer for the Open University. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 1998 and her first book Femenismo (Bloodaxe 2000) was short listed for the Forward prize for best first collection. Paraphernalia (Bloodaxe 2007) is her second collection and is a Poetry Society Recommended book.
“Helen Ivory's poems are quite exquisite, not so much a matter of known poetic craft as of vision, instinct and frayed edgy experience playing it dead straight.” – George Szirtes
Helen Ivory was born in Luton in 1969, and lives in Norwich. She has worked in shops, behind bars, on building sites and with several thousand free-range hens. She has studied painting and photography and has a Degree in Cultural Studies from Norwich School of Art. In 1999 she won an Eric Gregory Award. Her first collection The Double Life of Clocks was published by Bloodaxe in 2002 and her second, The Dog in the Sky in 2006. She was awarded an Arts Council writer’s bursary in 2005 and is now Academic Director and teacher of Creative Writing for Continuing Education at the University of East Anglia.
All of our December poets are published by Bloodaxe Books, and will be performing an integrated joint reading. The event also features short poem floor spots, books for sale and a licensed bar. Doors open at 7:30pm.
Photographs © Jacqueline Wyatt, Chris Hadley, Martin Figura