Poetry Reading featuring Andrew Duncan, Simon Jenner and Naomi Foyle – 3rd May 2023


The Trinity Hall Poetry Society presents an evening of poetry, with readings by Andrew Duncan, Naomi Foyle and Dr Simon Jenner.



Andrew Duncan was born in 1956 and brought up in the Midlands. He retired in 2017 and lives in Nottingham. He has been publishing poetry since the late ’70s, encouraged by J. H. Prynne and Eric Mottram. His books include Threads of Iron, Skeleton Looking at Chinese Pictures, Anxiety Before Entering a Room, The Imaginary in Geometry, Savage Survivals. On the Margins of Great Empires, selected poems, came out in 2017; at this point, he took up poetry again after an interval of 12 years. Shearsman published Zerodrifter, translations from the poetry of Thomas Kling, in 2018. Radio Vortex, a selected poems in German translation, came out from Bruterich in 2016. Fulfilling the Silent Rules, a book about the diversity of modern British poetry, came out in 2018.


Naomi Foyle is a British-Canadian poet, novelist, dramatist and essayist. Her many poetry publications include The Night Pavilion (Waterloo Press), an Autumn 2008 PBS Recommendation, Adamantine (Red Hen/Pighog Press, US/UK, 2019), a versatile contribution to internationalist docupoetics, and the anti-austerity polemical pamphlet Importents (Waterloo Press, 2021). ASTRA, a multimedia theatre adaptation of her eco-science fiction quartet The Gaia Chronicles, won the 2022 Brighton Fringe ONCA Green Curtain Award. Naomi Foyle lives in Brighton and is Reader in Critical Imaginative Writing at the University of Chichester, Creative Writing Editor of Gramarye, and a Fellow of the Muslim Institute.


Simon Jenner is a poet and theatre reviewer. Belatedly educated at Leeds and Cambridge, his PhD was a study of 1940s Oxford poetry. His debut was singular: a launch in Germany and tours in Bavaria in 1996 and 1997 organized by Zeitriss, with a German Arts Bursary. Bi-lingual volumes, From Head to Foot, and Player-Time appeared in 1996 and 1997. In 1999, he received a South East Arts Bursary. About Bloody Time (Waterloo) appeared in 2007. The late Martin Seymour-Smith commented: ‘there is genius in this poetry.’ Peter Porter added ‘in a thoroughly admirable way, this work is miles from the prevailing styles admired in this country at the moment. There’s some very good poetry here.’ Robert Nye predicted: ‘A considerable new poet on the scene & his best work is yet to come.’ Jenner is working on his 1940s study, and a biography of Lionel Johnson. He has been Director of Survivors’ Poetry since 2003.


Free Admission. 

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Please do not attend this event if you are experiencing any cold-like symptoms.

Although the Faculty of English building has step-free access, please be aware that the Judith E Wilson Drama Studio is located in the basement of the building.  It is accessible via the Faculty lift or via a stairwell.


This event has been made possible with the support of a Judith E Wilson Fund Small Grants Award.