Tuesday 24 June, 5:00pm – 6.30pm,
Room GR06, English Faculty, 9 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP
The event is FREE. NO BOOKING necessary. Wine will be served afterwards…
You are invited to a talk by Rachel Calder, Literary Agent
She will talk about the history of her agency (founded in 1896 by J. B Pinker) and about the role of literary agents today.
Fri. 20 June, 6 pm
West Court, Clare Hall, Herschel Road, CB3 9AL
All welcome. Wine will be served.
You are welcome to pass on this invitation to anyone else who might be interested.
Next year, we plan to host talks and readings by Christine Koning, Susan Sellers, Angela Leighton, Ian Patterson, Simon Jarvis and others tbc.
Seminars in the History of Material Texts
Peter Mandler (History) will speak on the advent of mass-market non-fiction paperbacks.
Thursday May 1st at 5.30 pm, SR-24 (second floor), Faculty of English, 9 West Rd
Olivia Laing, 2014 Writer in Residence at the British Library and author of *To the River* and *The Trip to Echo Spring* . http://olivialaing.co.uk/ Wed. 23 April, 6 pm West Court, Clare Hall, Herschel Road, CB3 9AL
Vidyan Ravinthiran, Keasbey Research Fellow at Selwyn College, will read from his first collection, Grun-tu-molani (Bloodaxe, 2014). Wine will be served. Date: Friday 25th April Time: 6pm Venue: Master’s Lodgings, Selwyn College RSVP: if you would like to reserve a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Vidyan’s poems have been anthologised several times, published as a pamphlet and have appeared in a range of magazines which include The Times Literary Supplement, PN Review and Poetry Review. ‘Gripping is not a word you usually associate with poetry, but Vidyan Ravinthiran’s poems are precisely that, and they seldom let go. They are full of surprising turns (and turns of phrase), and their humour can make you squirm, as humour should… A ferocious intelligence is at work in these poems, whose stylish armoured exterior reflects sometimes a literary scholar and sometimes a displaced person; sometimes contemporary Britain and sometimes ancient Sri Lanka’ – Arvind Krishna Mehrotra.
Still /movin/g – Launch and Reading*
Tuesday 8th April 2014
7.00 pm, Judith E Wilson Drama Studio, Faculty of English, University of
All welcome – free entry
Veer Books will launch the new book by* Marc Atkins* and *Rod Mengham*,
with readings by both**Marc and Rod.
Veer Publication 058 [ISBN: 978-1-907088-64-3]
‘For Rod Mengham and Marc Atkins, cracking mirrors and counter-mirrors
are not only a frontier between two worlds, they represent a systematic
quest for desire, a haunted visual trope leaping towards an elsewhere as
threatening as it is seducing, setting out to explore “the rear view of
historical convergence”, carefully recording instances in which the
conjunctions, collisions and chiaroscuro of memory and fantasy take us
beyond the scope of the thinkable and the imaginable.’ (Michel Delville)
Design by Vaughan Oliver and Marc Atkins.
A4 landscape size. 80 pages. Colour and B&W. March 2014.
Marc Atkins is an English artist, photographer, filmmaker and writer.
Marc has lived and worked for many years in London, but has also spend
extended periods of time in Rome, Detroit, New York, Warsaw and Paris.
Previous publications include /The Prism Walls/ (Contraband), /Logic of
the Stairwell/(Shearsman), /The Teratologists/ (panoptika),
/Thirteen/ (Do-Not Press), /Warszawa/ [texts by T. Pióro & A. Sosnowski]
(Wig-press), /Faces of Mathematics/(panoptika), and /Liquid City/ [text
by Iain Sinclair] (Reaktion). Atkins has presented his work and ideas on
the image at venues such as the Royal Academy, Royal College of Art, UEL
School of Architecture, Instytut Mikołowski, Poland, The Photographers
Gallery, and the University of Liège.
Rod Mengham is Reader in Modern English Literature at Cambridge
University and Curator of Works of Art at Jesus College, Cambridge. He
has published monographs and edited collections of essays on nineteenth
and twentieth century fiction, violence and avant-garde art, the 1940s,
contemporary poetry; anthologies /Altered State: the New Polish
Poetry/ [ed. Mengham, Pioro, Szymor] (2003), /Vanishing Points: New
Modernist Poems/ [ed. Kinsella, Mengham](2005); poetry, including
/Unsung: New and Selected Poems/, (2001), /Diving Tower/ (2006),
/Parleys and Skirmishes/ (2007), /Bell Book/ (2012) and /The
Understory/ (2014). He has also curated numerous exhibitions, most
recently ‘Sculpture in the Close 2013’ [Miroslaw Balka, Theaster Gates,
Harland Miller, Damian Ortega, Doris Salcedo].
Weds 12th March, 6.15
Trinity Old Combination Room
Robin Robertson’s work has been described as pitching ‘the power and
wonder of nature against the frailty and failure of the human’.
Although human presence is frequently surreal and dislocated, it remains
at the heart of his work. Robertson is a poet who finds song in silence,
hope in a retreat into the ‘homelessness’ of the wild, all in a
meticulously exact language, described as “simultaneously spare and
He is the first poet to have won all three categories in the Forward
Prize: Best First Collection for his 1997 debut A Painted Field, Best
Collection for Swithering in 2006, and Best Single Poem for ‘At Roane
Head’ from 2010’s The Wrecking Light. His most recent collection is Hill
of Doors, described by The Guardian as ‘a collection of flinty beauty’.
He lives in London and is fiction and poetry editor for Jonathan Cape.
We are excited to announce that Trinity Literary Society will be hosting two poetry readings this term by Michael Longley and Don Paterson (5th March) and Robin Robertson (12th March), both at 6.15 in the OCR. MICHAEL LONGLEY and DON PATERSON, Weds 5th March, 6.15 Trinity OCR Described by Seamus Heaney as "a keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders", Michael Longley's work has handled subjects as diverse as Homeric literature, the landscape of Carrigskeewaun, jazz and the politics of Northern Ireland over a span of nearly fifty years. Praised for his formal power, and 'meticulous, unpretentious technique', his most recent collection, A Hundred Doors, won the Poetry Now Award in September 2012, and has been described as displaying 'proof in the continuity of poetic language with the world'. His other collections include The Echo Gate (1979), Gorse Fires (1991) which won the Whitbread Poetry Prize, and The Weather in Japan (2000), awarded both the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Hawthornden Prize. He received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2001 and was made a CBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours. Named one of the Poetry Society's 'New Generation Poets' in 1994, Don Paterson's work has been praised for combining "postmodern playfulness with a sense of yearning for the transcendental". Paterson has said he finds truth not in beauty but in style, and his writing - from the towns and empty football pitches of his early work to the more inward-facing elegies of recent collections - mixes the colloquial with the erudite to create a sharp and distinctive voice. Since his 1993 Forward Prize-winning debut Nil Nil, he has published several collections including God's Gift to Women (1997), which won the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and his Landing Light (2003), which won both the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award. He was made OBE in 2008 and was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010. He currently teaches at the school of English at the University of St Andrews and is poetry editor for Picador. --- ROBIN ROBERTSON, Weds 12th March, 6.15, Trinity Old Combination Room Robin Robertson's work has been described as pitching 'the power and wonder of nature against the frailty and failure of the human'. Although human presence is frequently surreal and dislocated, it remains at the heart of his work. Robertson is a poet who finds song in silence, hope in a retreat into the 'homelessness' of the wild, all in a meticulously exact language, described as "simultaneously spare and ample". He is the first poet to have won all three categories in the Forward Prize: Best First Collection for his 1997 debut A Painted Field, Best Collection for Swithering in 2006, and Best Single Poem for 'At Roane Head' from 2010's The Wrecking Light. His most recent collection is Hill of Doors, described by the Guardian as 'a collection of flinty beauty'. He lives in London and is fiction and poetry editor for Jonathan Cape.