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Poetry Day: Ian Seed and Catherine Smith

Saturday 16th March 1pm

Venue: The Herbarium, 5-7 Great John St, Lancaster, LA1 1NQ

Tickets: £10 Full/ £8 Concession/ £6 Student

or POETRY DAY COMBO 3 Double Bills for £25/£20/£15

Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways: AVAILABLE NOW!

Online: VIC Ticketbox or Combo ticket here.

In Person: Lancaster & Morecambe Visitor Information Centres

By phone: 01524 582394/ 01524 582808

We open the afternoon of our bumper poetry day with the first of our traditional double bills. Catherine Smith and Ian Seed are two poets always seeking to push the boundaries of the     genre and portray our world from their unique viewpoints.

Ian Seed’s collections of prose poems include New York Hotel (2018), Identity Papers (2016) and Makers of Empty Dreams (2014), all from Shearsman. His book The Thief of Talant (2016) (the first translation into English of Pierre Reverdy’s Le Voleur de Talan) is published by Wakefield. Identity Papers was featured by the BBC on their Radio 3 programme The Verb, hosted by Ian McMillan. New York Hotel is selected by Mark Ford as a TLS Book of the Year. Ford comments: ‘I greatly enjoyed the latest collection of Ian Seed’s beautifully-crafted prose poems, New York Hotel. Seed’s  micro-narratives and oblique parables are at once droll and haunting, as unpredictable as quicksand, and as elegant as the work of those masters of the prose poem, Max Jacob and Pierre Reverdy.’ Ian has an MA and PhD from Lancaster University, and now lectures in the English Department at the University of Chester.


Catherine Smith’s debut The New Bride (2001) was short-listed for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. The Butcher’s Hands (2004) was a PBS Recommendation and also short-listed for the Aldeburgh/Jerwood Prize. In 2004, she was also voted one of Mslexia’s ‘Top Ten UK Women Poets’ and one of ‘The Next Generation Poets’ by the PBS/Arts Council. Lip, (2008) was short-listed for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. Her latest collection Otherwhere was published in 2012. The New Cockaigne, a long supernatural, satirical poem, imagining the medieval fantasy land of Cockaigne imposed on 21st Century Britain, was written, adapted and performed as a Live Literature show in 2014.