Nov 26, 2011, from 2.30pm – Andrew Forster, Kim Moore, Rita Ray with Matthew Wilkinson

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Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER     FREE event, no need to book.

Andrew Forster has published two collections of poetry with Flambard Press. His first, ‘Fear of Thunder’, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2008. Poems from it are included on the GCSE syllabus. His second collection, ‘Territory’, focusing on the landscape of South West Scotland where he then lived, was published in 2010. He worked as Literature Development Officer in Dumfries & Galloway for five years before moving to Cumbria in 2008 to take up post as Literature Officer with the Wordsworth Trust. This move has influenced his most recent project, ‘Digging’, a pamphlet of new poems with accompanying drawings by the artist and printmaker Hugh Bryden, and published by Roncadora Press.

Kim Moore works in Cumbria as a peripatetic brass teacher. She is working on an MA in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and has been published in various magazines, including Poetry Review, the TLS, Ambit, The Rialto, The North and Magma. In 2011 she won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and an Eric Gregory Award. She regularly reads for the ‘Carol Ann Duffy and Friends’ series at the Royal Exchange Theatre and is currently working on her first full collection.

Rita Ray lives in Lymm and belongs to Six Poets in Lancaster. Rita’s main passion is poetry but she also enjoys painting and finds art a rich source of ideas. Her poem ‘Still life with oranges and walnuts’ (Luis Melendez) won this year’s £2000 Cheshire Prize for Literature. She has published poetry in several magazines, including the TLS and PEN Broadsheet. Rita’s stories and poems for children appear in several anthologies.

Matthew Wilkinson is a classical and jazz guitarist.   He was awarded a scholarship to the RNCM in 2006 and was awarded the college’s Gold Medal in 2011.    As leader of the National Youth Guitar Ensemble, Matthew Wilkinson performed with artists such as Antonio De Innocentis,  John Williams, Victoria Walker and the Eden-Stell guitar duo.

P&P is delighted to host this highly versatile artist at the beginning of what will clearly be an exceptional career.

We are extremely sorry that Jeremy Over has had to withdraw from this event and hope he will be able to read for us in future.


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