Upstairs at the Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham
Workshop lead by guest poet John Greening 7pm
Open mic and readings 8pm
*please note* There is still a limit on numbers for safety, so please book a ticket on Eventbrite:
and pay on the door, £5 waged, £3 unwaged.
John Greening was born in 1954 in London and apart from a spell working for Hans Keller at BBC Radio 3 he has taught for much of his life (including two years with his wife in Aswan, Upper Egypt). He has published over twenty collections of poetry, most recently the pamphlets The Giddings (Mica Press, 2021), a Post Card to (Red Squirrel Press, with Stuart Henson), Moments Musicaux (Poetry Salzburg, 2020) and his two Carcanet collections, The Silence (2019) and To the War Poets (2013). Other books include various guides to poets and poetry (Ted Hughes, Thomas Hardy, Edward Thomas, the First World War poets and Elizabethan love poets) together with editions of Iain Crichton Smith (Carcanet, 2021), Geoffrey Grigson and Edmund Blunden, whose memoir Undertones of War he edited for OUP at the request of Blunden’s daughter. He has reviewed poetry for the TLS since the 1990s. The collected reviews and essays, Vapour Trails, appeared from Shoestring Press in 2020. There have been several anthologies, notably Accompanied Voices: Poets on Composers from Thomas Tallis to Arvo Pärt (Boydell, 2015), Ten Poems about Sheds (Candlestick, 2018) and most recently Hollow Palaces (a selection of modern country-house poems, edited with Kevin Gardner, Liverpool UP, 2021). There was a Heathrow collaboration with Penelope Shuttle, Heath, in 2016, and an Egypt Memoir, Threading a Dream, the year after. There is to be an American Selected Poems (edited by Kevin Gardner) in 2023: The Interpretation of Owls (Baylor UP). Musical collaborations include contributions to Roderick Williams’s Schubert Project for which he worked closely with composer Cecilia McDowall, and a libretto about the Niagara Falls for the Dunedin Consort, premiered at Wigmore Hall. He was until recently RLF Writing Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge. He has won the Bridport Prize, the TLS Centenary Prize and received a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors.
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