Newcastle Poetry Festival 2023: Valzhyna Mort & Maura Dooley

Newcastle Poetry Festival 2023:

Valzhyna Mort & Maura Dooley

This reading will provide a resonant and thrilling finale to the festival, combining the thoughtful, probing poems of one of the UK’s most significant poets, Maura Dooley, with the fiercely engaged lyricism and world vision of Valzhyna Mort. Maura Dooley has a new collection, Five Fifty-Five, her sixth poetry collection, out from Bloodaxe this year. Her selected poems, Sound Barrier: Poems 1982 -2002, was published by Bloodaxe in 2002. She is also an editor and an anthologist (Making for the Planet Alice, 1997) and is Professor of Creative Writing at Goldsmiths University. Valzhyna Mort born in Minsk, Belarus, now lives in USA where she teaches at Cornell University. Her third collection, Music for the Dead and Resurrected, which weaves together personal narratives with a collective narrative about Belarusian history, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2020 and won the International Griffin Poetry Prize.

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