Saturday, 18 October 2014: Poetry at The Albion Beatnik Bookstore Oxford

You are invited!

  • What:   A poetry reading by Jane Draycott, Olivia Byard, Beatrice Garland, & Andrew Smardon.  Audience response and discussion will be encouraged. Refreshments available.
  • Where:  The Albion Beatnik Bookstore,  34 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AU
  • When:   Sat 18th October 7.30pm
  • Price:  £3 (redeemable against any of the poets’ books)

JANE DRAYCOTT‘s Two Rivers’ collections include Christina the Astonishing (with Peter Hay and Lesley Saunders) and Tideway, a long sequence of poems about London’s working river (with paintings by Peter Hay). Nominated three times for the Forward Prize for Poetry and a Next Generation poet 2004, her latest collection Over was shortlisted for the 2009 T S Eliot Prize.

OLIVIA BYARD‘s forthcoming collection The Wilding Eye – New and Selected Poems will be published by The Worple Press in 2015. Her first book, From a Benediction from Peterloo Poets, was nominated for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 1998. Her second collection Strange Horses (2011), was selected as one of The Telegraph’s best new collections of January 2012,

BEATRICE GARLAND is a National Health Service clinician and teacher by day. National Poetry Competition winner she has been shortlisted for the Picador Poetry Prize, won second-prize in the 2011 Ledbury Poetry Festival, and this year is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for the Best First Collection for her recently published The Invention of Fireworks (Templar Press).

ANDREW SMARDON is an Oxford-based poet with interests including Northern landscapes and medieval literature. He is active in a number of workshops in Oxford and London, including Tideway Poets, and his work has been published in Stand, Iota and Oxford Magazine. He contributed a selection of his translations from Old Norse as well as some of his own poems at the ‘Languages, Myths and Finds’ conference at the University of Cambridge 2014.