Poetry Day Double Bill 2: Paul Farley & Colette Bryce
Saturday 20th March 3:30pm
Our second double bill of the afternoon brings together two poets who grew up in one distinctive place and have settled in another: poet and broadcaster, Paul Farley, moving from Knowsley to Lancaster, while Northern Irish poet Colette Bryce, born ‘between the Creggan and the Bogside/to the sounds of crowds and smashing glass’, now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. Each has long since discovered and explored the wider world beyond that early place.
Paul Farley has published five collections of poetry, including The Boy from the Chemist Is Here to See You (1998), Tramp in Flames (2006) and Selected Poems (2009). His latest collection is the acclaimed The Mizzy (2020). A frequent presenter on BBC Radio 4’s The Echo Chamber, he has received numerous awards including Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, the Whitbread Poetry Prize and the E.M. Forster Award. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Lancaster University.
Colette Bryce has published five collections of poetry, including The Whole & Rain-domed Universe (2014), winner of a Ewart-Biggs Award in memory of Seamus Heaney. Selected Poems (2017) was the recipient of the Pigott Prize for Irish poetry that year. Colette is the current editor of Poetry Ireland Review and her new collection, The M Pages (‘A brilliant, moving book’ Irish Times), was published last year.