Poetry Centre Stage
To kick off this year’s series of Poetry Centre Stage, in which one ticket covers a full evening of poetry, we have a double bill of two leading contemporary poets. Ester Naomi Perquin is the current Dutch Poet Laureate, and previously held the post of Rotterdam’s Poet Laureate. She worked as a prison guard before her debut volume of poetry appeared in 2007. Ester is a host for the VPRO radio show Nooit Meer Slapen (Never Sleep Again). She has received a number of prizes for her work, including the prestigious VSB Poetry Prize for best collection of the year for her third collection Celinspecties (Cellinspections), published in 2012. The Hunger in Plain View, her first collection in English, is published by White Pine Press (USA).
Michael Symmons Roberts is another multiple prize-winning poet. He has received numerous accolades for his six collections of poetry, including the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Award and the Whitbread Poetry Prize. As a librettist, his work has been performed in concert halls and opera houses around the world. An award-winning broadcaster and dramatist, he has published two novels, two works of non-fiction with Paul Farley, and is Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. He now makes a welcome return to StAnza; what better way to close the first full day of the festival?
Supported by the Dutch Foundation for Literature, with assistance from the Royal Netherlands Embassy