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John Burnside at the AGENDA Poetry Festival 2017

Published Tuesday 26th of September 2017 04:21:51 PM

John Burnside, one of Britain’s most eminent poets and novelists, will be headlining at the 2017 AGENDA poetry festival hosted by Mayfield School. Burnside has published widely in many forms. He is a novelist, short story writer and poet. His poetry collection, Black Cat Bone, won both the Forward and the T.S. Eliot Prizes in 2011, a year in which he also received the Petrarch Prize for Poetry. His story collection, Something Like Happy, received the 2014 Edge Hill Prize. His work has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian, Turkish and Chinese. He writes a monthly nature column for New Statesman and is a regular contributor to London Review of Books. He was a member of the panel of judges for the Man Booker Prize 2015. His new novel, Ashland and Vine, was published by Jonathan Cape in February 2017, alongside his new collection of poetry, Still Life With Feeding Snake Reviewing his latest work, the New Statesman said of him: ‘Few writers manage distinction in even one form. John Burnside has achieved it in two… The integration, as well as the range, of Burnside’s work across genres has become increasingly clear: he has made verse and prose sing from the same song sheet… Like his verse, his fiction captures the untidiness of life and provides no neat conclusions: neither points of arrival, nor nicely illustrated morals. Yet, instead of being artless, it creates satisfying, haunting wholes. A Burnside narrative stays in the mind like a half-broken dream; it’s often hard to pin down just why it is so compelling… John Burnside will read his poetry at the AGENDA Poetry Festival at Mayfield School on the Saturday 7th October along with internationally acclaimed poets Hilary Davies and Kei Miller in an event titled ‘Dwelling Places’. For more information and tickets contact
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