As part of our quest to showcase great writers we are hosting our first Local Author Reception of 2017. Birmingham is home to some fantastic literary talent, and in conjunction with Writing West Midlands, we have invited two great local authors who cover a range of genres from Poetry to Radio Drama. We are delighted to welcome Roy McFarlane and Greg Leadbetter. They will also be joined by their publisher and fellow poet, Jane Commane (Nine Arches Press) who will give a short introduction.
Roy McFarlane was born in Birmingham of Jamaican parentage and spent most of his years living in Wolverhampton. He has held the role of Birmingham’s Poet Laureate and Starbucks’ Poet in Residence. Roy’s writing has appeared in magazines and anthologies, including Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe 2012) and he is the writer and editor of Celebrate Wha?(Smokestack 2011). His first full collection of poems, Beginning With Your Last Breath, was published by Nine Arches Press in September 2016.
Gregory Leadbetter's début full-length poetry collection, The Fetch, was published by Nine Arches Press in October 2016. His book on Coleridge’s poetry, the transnatural and the dilemmas of creativity, Coleridge and the Daemonic Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) won the University English (formerly CCUE) Book Prize 2012 and his work has appeared in The Poetry Review, Poetry London, The Rialto, Magma, The North, Agenda and several anthologies. He has written radio drama for the BBC, and was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2013. Gregory is Reader in Literature and Creative Writing at Birmingham City University, where he is Director of the MA in Creative Writing and the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing.
The evening will kick off with the writers introducing themselves and giving a short reading. Then there will be the opportunity to meet the authors, mingle and enjoy some complimentary refreshments. We will be selling a selection of their books on the night and the authors will be happy to sign copies.
Join us in celebrating the literary talent right on our doorstep with this mid-week treat.
This event is hosted in partnership with Writing West Midlands.
Tickets: This is a free event, simply add the required number of tickets to the basket below. Please note, no physical tickets will be issued (to save the trees!). Your email confirmation is proof of booking.
Venue: Foyles, Grand Central Birmingham, B2 4BF