Kei Miller will be reading his poetry at Mayfield in the AGENDA Poetry Festival on Saturday 7th October.
After his collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion won the Forward Poetry Prize in 2014, Jeremy Paxman said, “Kei is doing something you don’t come across often: this is a beautifully voiced collection which struck us all with its boldness and wit. Many poets refer to multiple realities, different ways of observing the world. Kei doesn’t just refer, he articulates them”.
“Cerys Matthews, Judge of the Forward Prize said of Kei that ‘he questions our traditional idea of what poetry is because he has such a Jamaican voice and his love of rhythm and performance poetry is evident in his work.”
In April 2017 Kei won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for his novel Augustown. In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature.
His poetry has also been shortlisted for awards such as the Jonathan Llewelyn Rhys Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year. His fiction has won the Una Marson Prize and has been shortlisted for the Phyllis Wheatley Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize.
Formerly an International Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa, a Visiting Writer at York University in Canada, a Reader at the University of Glasgow (until 2014), and a lecturer at Royal Holloway, he is currently a Professor of English & Creative Writing at the University of Exeter.
Kei will be reading his work alongside the celebrated poet John Burnside and Hilary Davies at Mayfield on Saturday 7th October at 7.00pm.
Tickets £10.00 ‘Dwelling Places’
Book tickets at http://www.mayfieldgirls.org/Agenda-Poetry-Festival Published: September 26 2017