Five O’Clock Verses
This evening brings together two poets writing about the subjects of motherhood and war, respectively. Liz Berry’s first book of poems received a Somerset Maugham Award and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014. Her pamphlet The Republic of Motherhood (Chatto, 2018) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet choice and the title poem won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018. J.O. Morgan is a Scottish poet with six volumes of poetry. His most recent work, Assurances, explores the RAF’s involvement in the beginnings of the Cold War when the nuclear deterrent was airborne. His books have been shortlisted for the Forward and T.S. Eliot prizes, and won the Aldeburgh Prize for Poetry in 2009.