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International Poets To Peform At Agenda Poetry Festival Hosted By Mayfield School 16 & 17 Oct 2015

Published Monday 28th of September 2015 11:20:33 AM

Award-winning poets Patience Agbabi, Mimi Khalvati, Patricia McCarthy, Daljit Nagra, David Pollard and Robin Robertson are to perform their work at the Festival. Mayfield School and Agenda are very proud to welcome internationally distinguished poets to this year’s Festival. Agenda, the international poetry magazine, is both edited and published in Mayfield by one of the poets performing in the Festival, Patricia McCarthy. It promotes and encourages contemporary poetry and will be launching its latest edition which features another of the Festival’s poets, Robin Robertson. The Festival offers a wonderful opportunity to a wide ranging audience to see these acclaimed poets performing their work in the beautiful setting of Mayfield School. This is an ideal opportunity for those studying the new GCSE and A Level curriculum, both of which focus on the work of living poets. As well as the professional poets, Year 7 and 8 pupils from Mayfield School will recite poetry, Year 9s will read a selection of poems from Agenda Broadsheets; and Sixth Formers will perform Patricia McCarthy’s, ‘Letters to Akmatova’. The two-day programme comprises performances from all the acclaimed poets performing; workshops with Patience Agbabi and Mimi Khalvati; a stimulating talk by Marek Urbanowiz on how to read poetry aloud; lunch and a tasting of local cheeses with wine. To book tickets please contact the Box Office on enquiry@mayfieldgirls.org or call 01435 874600. For further information please contact Katie Chamberlain on 01435 874637 or visit www.mayfieldgirls.org for the full two day festival line up. An overview of the poets: Patience Agbabi, of Nigerian origin, has recently transposed ‘The Canterbury tales’ to twenty-first century Britain, fusing modern and traditional poetry. Mimi Khalvati, born in Tehran, has published eight collections of poetry and her work has been translated into nine languages. Patricia McCarthy, who was brought up in Ireland but has lived on several continents, won the National Poetry Competition in 2012. She is Editor of ‘Agenda’ and has just published her latest collection, ‘Letters to Akhmatova’. Daljit Nagra, born of Sikh Punjabi parents, was raised in London and Sheffield. His first collection, ‘We have coming to Dover!’ won a Forward Prize; he also won the South Bank Show/Arts Council Decibel Award and was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize. Grace Nichols, a Guyanese poet but now living in Lewes, has won countless awards for her work which is influenced by the history and culture of her homeland. David Pollard is a poet and critic. His most recent work, ‘Finis-terre’ is featured in the most recent edition of ‘Agenda’. Robin Robertson, originally from Scotland, has a successful career in publishing and has produced five volumes of poetry to great acclaim. As Poetry Editor at Jonathon Cape, he has also edited the work of many other prestigious poets on both sides of the Atlantic.
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