Clare Pollard, Wayne Holloway-Smith, Jake Morris-Campbell with music from John Haycock: 25 February 2023

Please join us on Saturday 25 February 2020, 2.30-4.00 at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation for a wonderful line-up of poets and musicians.

You will find all the information you need regarding visiting the IABF on their website here. The event is free and everyone is welcome. Read all about the poets and musicians below:

Clare Pollard

Photo credit: Sophie Davidson

Clare Pollard has published five collections of poetry with Bloodaxe, most recently Incarnation and a pamphlet The Lives of the Female Poets, published by Bad Betty Press. Her poem ‘Pollen’ was nominated for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2022. She has been involved in numerous translation projects, including translating Ovid’s Heroines, which she toured as a one-woman show. Clare has also written a play, The Weather, that premiered at the Royal Court Theatre and a non-fiction title, Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children’s Picture Books. Her latest book is the novel Delphi.  


Wayne Holloway-Smith

Wayne Holloway-Smith has published two collections of poetry, Alarum (Bloodaxe Books, 2017), and Love Minus Love (Bloodaxe Books, 2020) which was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and the Ledbury Munte Prize for Best Second Collection. He won the National Poetry Competition in 2018, and edits The Poetry Review.





Jake Morris-Campbell

Jake Morris-Campbell’s debut collection Corrigenda for Costafine Town (Blue Diode, 2021) was longlisted for the 2022 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. Selected as a BBC New Generation Thinker, he regularly makes broadcast appearances on Radio 3, including commissions for the After Dark Festival at Sage Gateshead and a new poem marking the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels. A winner of New Writing North’s Andrew Waterhouse award, he frequently collaborates on multidisciplinary arts programmes.


John Haycock

John Haycock is a multi instrumental live looping artist passionate about affecting acoustic sounds with electronics exploring new sonority. 

John takes his home made kora (21 string African Harp) And runs it through a series of electronic devices creating lush soundscapes and solid beats and overlays it with woodwind instruments, bridging the gap between ancient West African Folk melodies and modern electronica, visiting influences from hip-hop to house to dub along the way.

John has been studying kora closely under the master Gambian griot Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh for several years having also spent time In West Africa absorbing the culture.


About Janet Rogerson

Janet Rogerson
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