Poems of the Decade 2017 – emagazine Student Conference, in Partnership with Forward Arts Foundation

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With poets John Burnside, Daljit Nagra, Vicki Feaver, Sinéad Morrissey and Tim Turnbull, poet and broadcaster Paul Farley, and Esther Menon (external consultant leading the specification development), plus performance poet Luke Wright to end the day.

  • Readings and performances by poets set for the EDEXCEL AS and AL.
  • Discussion of poems and aspects of contemporary poems by poets and poetry writers.
  • An opportunity for Q&A from the floor.
  • Looking ahead to A Level – responding to an unseen poem and a set poem.
 

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Booking enquires

General booking enquires:

Email Bev

Fax: 020 7354 0133

Programme enquiries:

Email Emma

Conference:

Poems of the Decade for Edexcel – Tuesday 27th June 2017

When:

Tuesday 27th June 2017

Where:

Friends House
173-177 Euston Road
London
NW1 2BJ

Programme & Speakers

Programme & Speakers

Come and be inspired by hearing poets reading and discussing their own work, develop your critical understanding of contemporary poetry and enjoy spoken word performance! Ideal for AS students going on to AL and for students doing a two year linear AL.

10.20-10.30am
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Welcome

Emma Barker and Susannah Herbert

Emma Barker (EMC) and Susannah Herbert (Executive Director of Forward Arts Foundation) introduce the day.

10.30-11.05am
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Reading Contemporary Poetry

Paul Farley

What’s the best way of meeting a poem? What should we look (or listen) for? Where do poems hang out, and how will we know one when we see one? A lot depends on where you look and what you hope to find when you get there, so this talk provides an introduction to the sheer variety of poetry currently being written, and wonders: Do these poems have a few things in common that we can all agree on? Over the years, I’ve spoken to hundreds of students entering university to study literature, and often imagined what advice I would have appreciated as a student myself, so this talk also contains tips and suggestions for readers and writers who are just getting in to poetry.  

Paul Farley is the author of four collections of poetry, including The Ice Age (Picador), which was awarded the Whitbread Poetry Prize in 2002, and most recently Selected Poems. He is also the co-author of Edgelands (Jonathan Cape, 2011). A frequent broadcaster, he presents BBC Radio 4’s poetry programme The Echo Chamber. Born in Liverpool in 1965, he now lives in north Lancashire and is Professor of Poetry at Lancaster University.

Photo credit: Urszula Soltys

11.10-11.35am
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History

John Burnside

John Burnside reads and discusses his poem ‘History’ before taking questions from the floor. 

John Burnside’s novels include The Devil’s Footprints (2007), Glister (2008) and A Summer of Drowning (2011). He is also the author of two collections of short stories, three memoirs and several prize-winning poetry collections, including Black Cat Bone, winner of both the Forward and the TS Eliot prizes in 2012. His most recent novel, Ashland & Vine (Jonathan Cape, 2017), was published alongside a new collection of poetry, Still Life with Feeding Snake, in February 2017. 

11.40-12.05pm
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The Gun

Vicki Feaver

Vicki Feaver reads and discusses her poem ‘The Gun’ before taking questions from the floor.

Vicki Feaver’s collection The Book of Blood (Cape 2006) was shortlisted for the Forward and Costa Prizes. The Handless Maiden (Cape 1994) won a Heinemann Prize and a Cholmondeley Award. Her poem ‘Judith’ won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.

12.05-12.20pm Break

12.20-12.45
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Unseen Poetry

Esther Menon

This session will consider the skills students should employ to read and respond to unseen and contemporary poetry in the A Level examination. It will address ways students can develop confidence and competence in writing a good analytical response, as well as how to avoid common pitfalls in writing about poetry in exam conditions.  (Esther will be covering tips shared at last year’s conference, updated with information from the 2016 exam series.) 

12.50-1.15pm
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Genetics

Sinéad Morrissey

Sinéad Morrissey reads and discusses her poem ‘Genetics’ before taking questions from the floor.

Sinéad Morrissey studied German and English at Trinity College, Dublin and has a PhD in eighteenth-century literature. She has published five collections: There Was Fire in Vancouver (1996), Between Here and There (2002), The State of the Prisons (2005), Through the Square Window (2009) and Parallax (2013). Parallax was shortlisted for the Forward Prize and was the winner of the Irish Times Poetry Award and the TS Eliot Prize. In 2016 she was awarded the EM Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her sixth collection, On Balance, is due in May 2017. She teaches creative writing at Newcastle University.

1.15-2.05pm Lunch

2.05-2.15pm
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Forward/emagazine Student Critics Competition

Sarah Howe

Poet Sarah Howe introduces the new emagazine/Forward critical writing competition.

Sarah Howe is a poet, editor and researcher. Her first full poetry collection Loop of Jade won the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry and Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award. 

http://www.sarahhowepoetry.com/

Photo credit: Hayley Madden

2.15-2.40pm
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Ode on a Grayson Perry Urn

Tim Turnbull

Tim Turnbull reads and discusses his poem ‘Ode on A Grayson Perry Urn’ before taking questions from the floor.

Tim Turnbull has worked in forestry and adult literacy. His poetry collections, Stranded in Sub-Atomica (2004) and Caligula on Ice (2009) are published by Donut Press. In 2006, he was awarded the Arts Foundation Fellowship for Performance Poetry. His book of short fiction, ‘Silence’ and Other Stories (Postbox Press, 2016), is available and a new collection of poetry, Avanti!, is forthcoming from Red Squirrel Press in 2018.

2.45-3.10pm
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Look We Have Coming to Dover!

Daljit Nagra

Daljit Nagra reads and discusses his poem ‘Look We Have Coming to Dover!’ before taking questions from the floor.

Daljit Nagra is from a Sikh background and was born and grew up in West London then Sheffield. He has published three collections of poetry all with Faber & Faber.

His poem Look We Have Coming to Dover! won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem in 2004. His first collection, of the same name won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2007 and the South Bank Show Decibel Award in 2008. His subsequent two collections, Tippoo Sultan’s Incredible White-Man Eating Tiger-Toy Machine!!! and his version of the Ramayana were nominated for the TS Eliot Prize.

He is the inaugural Poet in Residence for Radio 4/4 Extra and he teaches at Brunel University London.

3.15-3.40pm
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Poetry Performance

Luke Wright

Luke Wright performs poetry from his new collection The Toll.

Luke Wright writes poetry that is ‘visceral, poignant and riotously funny’ (The Scotsman). He is the author of two poetry collections, published by Penned in the Margins, the most recent of which is The Toll (2017).

The verse play What I Learned From Johnny Bevan won Luke a Fringe First and The Stage Award for Acting Excellence in 2015, plus a Saboteur Award and an Off-West End Award nomination in 2016.

His live shows are enjoyed by thousands of people across the world every year, where he mixes the wistful with the downright comic to take audiences on an incredible emotional journey. He also programmes the spoken word line-ups at Port Eliot, Festival No.6 and The Edinburgh International Book Festival. 

3.40pm Closing Words

Emma Barker

Emma Barker (EMC) brings the Conference to a close.

Location

Location

Where is the Conference Held?

The emagazine Poems of the Decade Conference is being held at Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ – directly opposite Euston Station.

Map

Getting to the Conference

Train

The closest train stations are Euston and Kings Cross.

Tube (underground)

Tube stations within a 5 to 15-minute walk include: Euston, Euston Square, Kings Cross, Goodge Street, Russell Square, Tottenham Court Road and Warren Street. The closest tubes are Euston and Euston Square.

Bus

Numbers 10, 18, 30, 73, 205 and 390 pass the door whilst 59, 68, 91, 168, and 253 stop nearby.

Travelling by Minibus or Car?

Friends House is within a meter parking zone. Charges must be paid Monday to Friday 08:30 - 18:30 and Saturday 09:00 - 13:30. Please note that Friends House is within the congestion charge zone. For details of how to pay here.

Coaches

Coaches may stop outside Friends House to drop students off.

Parking

London Euston Station Car Park

MSCP Melton Street
London
NW1 2RT
Tel: +44 (0)345 222 4224

The Royal National Car Park 

38-51 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0DG
Tel: +44 (0)20-7691 2630

Important Info

Important Info

Prices, Booking and Cancellations

Prices

  • The fee is £20 per student, with one free teacher place per 10 students. (For small groups of up to nine students, a single free teacher place will be available.)
  • For additional teachers, or teachers attending without students, for their own interest or CPD, the charge is £50 each.

Booking

There are two methods of booking:

  • Book online – you can opt to pay by invoice on the checkout page.
  • Print off the booking form and post/fax/email it to us.

Conference places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Whether you send a cheque or are invoiced, the booking is a firm one.

Please do not make final travel arrangements until your final booking has been confirmed and we have contacted you to let you know that you have definitely been allocated places.

Cancellations

Cancellations or amendments can be made without charge until 5pm on Thursday 25th May 2017.

All subsequent cancellations will be dealt with in the following way:

  • Cancellations after 5pm on Thursday 25th May and up to 5pm on Tuesday 13th June 2017: 50% charge
  • Cancellations after 5pm on Tuesday 13th June 2017: 100% charge

Please note: We will be unable to make refunds in the case of weather, transport difficulties or other circumstances beyond our control.

Arrangements on the Day

Teachers Accompanying Students

We expect all students to be accompanied by a teacher. There should be a minimum of 1 teacher per 20 students.

We request that teachers meet their students in advance, register as a group and sit with their groups of students. Teachers are responsible for ensuring that their own students maintain acceptable standards of behaviour in the auditorium and in the Friends House building.

Lunch and Refreshments

The cafe at Friends House is open from 8am.

You and your students will be responsible for providing your own lunches. There are sandwich shops in the area immediately behind Friends House and plenty of food outlets across the road at Euston Station.

There are spaces outside for students to eat their packed lunch but no indoor spaces.

Resources

Resources

Questions for the poets

There will be an opportunity for students to put some questions to each of the poets towards the end of each reading. To make the most of this – to share the questions between schools and try to draw out responses that the whole audience would enjoy and benefit from hearing, we would like you to send your students' questions in advance to Emma Barker. We will select a range of questions and then invite students to put them to the poets on the day.

Book Now

How to book

Book online and opt to pay by invoice on the checkout page.

Prices

The fee is £20 per student, with one free teacher place per 10 students. (For small groups of up to nine students, a single free teacher place will be available.)
For additional teachers, or teachers attending without students, for their own interest or CPD, the charge is £50 each.

Cancellations

Cancellations or amendments can be made without charge until 5pm on Thursday 25th May 2017.

All subsequent cancellations will be dealt with in the following way:

  • Cancellations after 5pm on Thursday 25th May and up to 5pm on Tuesday 13th June 2017: 50% charge
  • Cancellations after 5pm on Tuesday 13th June 2017: 100% charge

Please note: We will be unable to make refunds in the case of weather, transport difficulties or other circumstances beyond our control.

Booking form

Please fill in the form below. Alternatively print off the booking form and post, fax or email it to us.

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