Poetry Centre Stage
To continue this year’s series of Poetry Centre Stage events, enjoy a full evening engaging with the words and minds of two award-winning poets. Ishion Hutchinson, born in Port Antonio, is the author of two poetry collections: Far District and House of Lords and Commons. His poems interrogate the weight of colonial history, and he is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, among many others.
Caroline Bird is a poet and playwright, whose work bridges the gap between page and performance. She has five collections of poetry published with her most recent collection, In These Days of Prohibition, shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize and The Ted Hughes Award. A two-time winner of the Foyle Young Poets Award, her first collection Looking Through Letterboxes was published in 2002 when she was 15. She has gained popular and critical acclaim, and won a major Eric Gregory Award in 2002 and was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2008 and 2010. She was one of the five official poets at the 2012 London Olympics.