Poetry Day Double Bill 3: Raymond Antrobus & Doireann Ní Ghríofa
Saturday 20th March 5:00pm
Our final double bill presents two poets new to the northwest. Raymond Antrobus is a founding member of ‘Chill Pill’ and he is also one of the world’s first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word education from Goldsmiths University. ‘His monologues are stunning studies of voice and substance, and his lyric poems are graceful and finely crafted’ says Kwame Dawes.
Doireann Ní Ghríofa is an Irish poet and essayist whose first prose work, Ghost in the Throat (2020), is both an autofiction and a celebration of the eighteenth-century Irish Gaelic poet Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonail’s brilliant, angry elegy for her husband, “The Lament for Art O’Leary”. Her work is intense, passionate and lyrical and each of her books is a deepening exploration of birth, death, desire and domesticity.
Raymond Antrobus was born in Hackney to an English mother and Jamaican father. He is the author of Shapes & Disfigurements (2012), To Sweeten Bitter (2017) and The Perseverance (2018) for which, in 2019, he became the first ever poet to be awarded the Rathbone Folio Prize for the best work of literature in any genre. His new collection, All the Names Given, is due from Picador/ Tin House this year.
Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a poet and essayist and the author of six critically acclaimed books of poetry including, Clasp and To Star the Dark. Awards for her writing include a Lannan Literary Fellowship (USA), the Ostana Prize (Italy), a Seamus Heaney Fellowship (Queen’s University), and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Ghost in the Throat was awarded Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in 2020.