Join Manchester-based publisher Carcanet Press at Waterstone’s Deansgate for an evening of world-class poetry with Bill Manhire and Katharine Kilalea. This event is the North West leg of Poetry Parnassus, Southbank Centre’s ambitious Olympian poetry project gathering international poets from every competing country. New Zealand’s Bill Manhire and South Africa’s Katharine Kilalea (each representing their country at Poetry Parnassus) will read and discuss their work with Carcanet’s Michael Schmidt.
Bill Manhire, New Zealand’s leading poet, was born in Invercargill in 1946. He was his country's inaugural Poet Laureate and has won the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry four times. He is director of the celebrated centre for creative writing at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is the author of numerous books of poems, essays and short fiction, including Collected Poems and the collection Lifted, both published by Carcanet. Manhire will be Poet in Residence at Ledbury Festival in July.
Katharine Kilalea was born in South Africa and moved to London in 2005 to study for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her first book, One Eye’d Leigh (Carcanet, 2009), was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize for writers under 30. Her poems have appeared in the anthologies New Poetries V (Carcanet, 2011) and the 2010 Forward Prize Anthology and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. She has performed her work at festivals and venues including Southbank Centre, the Wordsworth Trust Poetry Festival and Worlds Literary Festival.
Free; no need to book.
Contact Carcanet or Waterstone’s Deansgate for more information.