24 Feb 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm Centre for Family Research Room 606 (Free School Lane) - Evening


Due to the speaker illness this talk has been cancelled. We were unable to replace her at such short notice.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Reading and Discussion
Julia Copus (Poet, Arts Council Writers’ Award)

Abstracts and Biographies

Joanna Kavenna is the author of Inglorious, The Birth of Love, Come to the Edge and The Ice Museum. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times, Arc, and the London Review of Books, among other publications. In 2008 she won the Orange Prize for New Writing; in 2010 she was listed as one of the Telegraph's '20 Writers under 40;' and in 2013 she was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. She has held writing fellowships at St John's College, Cambridge and St Antony's College, Oxford. 

Julia Copus will read from “Ghost,” a cycle of poems about the experience of IVF that was published in 2012 by Faber in the collection The World's Two Smallest Humans. The collection was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Award and the Costa Poetry Award.  “Ghost” was later expanded into a radio programme, broadcast on Radio 3 and shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for new work in poetry. It has been described as “a moving arrangement of pieces … written with wry humour and with grace, which celebrate the mysteries of conception alongside the sometimes surreal business of medical intervention.” Julia will also discuss notions of poetic and autobiographical truth.

Julia's two previous collections, The Shuttered Eye and In Defence of Adultery, were both Poetry Book Society Recommendations. She has won First Prize in the National Poetry Competition,  the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (2010) and many other awards, including an Arts Council of England Writer’s Award and a Hawthornden Fellowship. Her radio plays include Eenie Meenie Macka Racka (2003), winner of the BBC’s Alfred Bradley Award, and The Enormous Radio (2008). She is the West of England Advisory Fellow for the Royal Literary Fund, and in 2008 was made an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter.





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