Free event at the Whitworth Art Gallery. All welcome.
Colette Bryce is the author of four collections with Picador. Her latest, The Whole & Rain-domed Universe (2014), which draws on her experience of growing up in Derry during the Troubles, was shortlisted for the Forward and Costa prizes, and received a Ewart-Biggs Award in memory of Seamus Heaney. Selected Poems (2017) won the Pigott Prize for poetry at Listowel 2018. Colette is a freelance writer and former editor of Poetry London magazine. She lives in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Born in Hong Kong, Kit Fan moved to Britain at the age of 21. His first book Paper Scissors Stone won the inaugural HKU International Poetry Prize. His second collection As Slow As Possible is a Poetry Books Society Recommendation and chosen by the Guardian as one of the 50 biggest books in Autumn 2018. He was shortlisted for the 2017 TLS Mick Imlah Poetry Prize. He was also shortlisted for the Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize consecutively in 2017 for ‘Duty Free’ and in 2018 for ‘A City of Culture’. He won a 2018 Northern Writers Award for Diamond Hill, a novel in progress. www.kitfan.net
Martin Kratz’s first pamphlet, A Skeleton’s Progress, was published in 2018 by Poetry Salzburg. He is co-editor of Mount London by Penned in the Margins (2014), a book of essays that explores hills and other elevations in the capital. His poem ‘The Man Who Walked Through Walls’ was Highly Commended for the Forward Prize in 2014. He translates from the German including, most recently, the poetry of Berthold Brecht and Nelly Sachs.
Kell Wind Trio
The Kell Wind Trio has gained a reputation for giving lively and informative concerts which include music of many different styles and genres – from music of the Baroque to accessible music from the 20thand 21stcenturies. The Kell Wind Trio is named after the pioneering English instrumentalist Reginald Kell, who was the first clarinettist to use vibrato in orchestral concerts.
Alastair Roberts plays principal flute regularly with a number of orchestras in the Manchester area including the Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra and the Cheshire Sinfonia. He is a member of several chamber groups that perform regularly throughout the North West of England including the Telemann Baroque Ensemble.
Geoffrey Smith has been principal clarinet of the Stockport Symphony Orchestra since its inception in 1975. He also plays regularly as principal clarinet with both Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra and Cheshire Sinfonia. He has also appeared many times as soloist with these and other orchestras.
Ian Harvey was a Junior Exhibitioner at London’s Royal Academy of Music. His musical commitments include the position of principal bassoon with the Stockport Symphony Orchestra. He runs his own business repairing woodwind instruments.