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Midsummer Poetry Reading

  • Yorkshire Arboretum (map)

Join award winning poets Liz Berry and Mark Pajak for poetry reading in beautiful surroundings.

Liz Berry was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. Her debut collection, Black Country (Chatto & Windus, 2014), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014. Black Country was chosen as a book of the year by The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Mail, The Big Issue and The Morning Star. Liz’s poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio, television and recorded for the Poetry Archive.

Mark Pajak was born in Merseyside. His work has been published in MagmaThe North and The Rialto (among others), been highly commended in the Cheltenham Poetry Competition and National Poetry Competition and won first place in the 2016 Bridport Prize. He has received a Northern Writer’s Award from New Writing North and was 2016’s Apprentice Poet in Residence at Ilkley Literature Festival. His first pamphlet, Spitting Distance, was selected as a Laureate’s Choice and is published with smith|doorstop.

£10 per person (includes a free glass of wine or a soft drink and nibbles) 

Doors open at 6pm to allow time for a stroll in the arboretum before the reading begins.

Booking essential please. Please purchase tickets below, call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email us.

Midsummer Poetry Reading
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