Poetry Day Double Bill 1: Tara Bergin & Sean O’Brien
Saturday 20th March 2:00pm
We open the Saturday afternoon of our bumper poetry weekend with the first of our traditional double bills, though there’s nothing traditional at all about either Tara Bergin or Sean O’Brien. Two very different poets who are concerned with the way our lives are deeply affected by politics, gender and history.
Tara Bergin was born and grew up in Co. Dublin, Ireland. She is the author of two poetry collections, This Is Yarrow (2013) and The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx (2017), which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes and chosen as a Best Poetry Book of the year by The Times and the Irish Times. She lives in the Yorkshire Dales and lectures part-time at Newcastle University.
Sean O’Brien was born in London, grew up in Hull and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. He is a poet, critic, editor, translator, playwright, broadcaster and novelist. His poetry has won many awards, including the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize and the E.M. Forster Award. His books include The Beautiful Librarians(2015), Europa (2018) and It Says Here (2020), which Kate Kellaway praised in the Guardian for ‘its wondrous musicality’. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.