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Poetry Doubles returns to York with 2013 Costa Award winner

Michael Symmons Roberts headlines Poetry Doubles on 28 February at Friargate Theatre, York - raising funds for Riding Lights Theatre Company ...

Michael Symmons Roberts (right), winner of the prize for Poetry at the 2013 Costa Book Awards, will be headlining Poetry Doubles on 28 February at Friargate Theatre, York - raising funds for Riding Lights Theatre Company.

Having also won the Forward Prize 2013 in October, it was recently announced in January 2014 that Michael’s latest collection of poems, Drysalter, has been awarded the Poetry prize at the 2013 Costa Book Awards.

The Costa judges described the collection as "contemporary life filtered through the form of common prayer with a musicality sustained across a memorable body of work".

Born in 1963 in Preston, Lancashire, Michael is Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. As well as six collections of poetry, he has published two novels and his continuing collaboration with composer James MacMillan has led to two BBC Proms choral commissions, song cycles, music theatre works and operas for the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and Welsh National Opera.

Established in 2003, Poetry Doubles is a series of readings at York’s Friargate Theatre. These feature an established poet and his or her own choice of a second poet – an exciting, emerging talent – to present some of the most influential and our most promising new writers side by side.

Michael’s chosen ‘double’ is Karen McCarthy Woolf (right). A poet, playwright and author, Karen is the editor of three literary anthologies, including Ten: The New Wave which is forthcoming from Bloodaxe Books. Her poetry is published widely, notably with Poems on the Underground, the American journal Prairie Schooner and Poetry Review. Her collection An Aviary of Small Birds will be out this autumn with Carcanet.


Friday 28 February: 7.30pm at Friargate Theatre, York
Box Office: 01904 613000
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Tickets: £10 (additional donations welcome)

Michael Simmons Roberts photo by Martin Bence

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