Liz Berry & Peter Finch

Friday 25 May, 7.00pm – 8.30pm

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Liz Berry was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. Her first book of poems, Black Country (Chatto 2014), described as a ‘sooty, soaring hymn to her native West Midlands’ (Guardian) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014. Her second pamphlet will be published by Chatto in Summer 2018. 

Liz Berry’s first book of poems, Black Country (Chatto 2014), was some debut - described by The Guardian as a ‘sooty, soaring hymn to her native West Midlands’ it was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.  Peter Finch is quite simply a bastion of British poetry over the past half-century.  From 1966 – 1975 he edited and published the seminal Second Aeon magazine, where an astonishing array of talent appeared, including  American writers like Ginsberg, Burroughs, Bly, Wantling, Snyder et al. He founded the legendary performance group Cabaret 246, ran the Welsh Arts Council’s Oriel Bookshop, and wound up as CEO of Literature Wales.  Recently he’s been making extraordinary pyscho-geographic explorations of his native Cardiff, but first and foremost Finch is a poet of distinction; ceaselessly experimental, delicate on the page, explosive off it.

Peter Finch’s Real Cardiff - The Flourishing City, his latest in a quartet about the Capital of Wales, has recently been published by Seren. His next book of poems will be The Machineries of Joy.