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Different Voices: Maura Dooley and Ian Duhig

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Different Voices: Maura Dooley and Ian Duhig

7:30pm Medical Society Rooms, Stonegate, York

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Ticket: £3.00



Acclaimed poets Maura Dooley & Ian Duhig will read from their newly published collections The Silvering and The Blind Roadmaker. Both these titles are Poetry Book Society Recommendations this Spring.


Maura Dooley's collections of poetry include Life Under Water and the anthology she edited The Honey Gatherers: Love Poems. She has twice been short-listed for the TS Eliot Award and twice for the Forward Single Poem Prize. She teaches at Goldsmiths, London University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her new collection, The Silvering, published on 24th March, is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.  

'This deceptively delicate, often very tender poet: how she marries spare lyrical cadences with political scepticism, packing a whole gamut of wit and sharp observation into very little space.'- Ruth Padel, Financial Times 


Ian Duhig was born in London of Irish Catholic parents, and now lives in Leeds. His jobs included managing York City Council's single homeless services before he became involved in writing full-time. Named as one of the Poetry Book Society's New Generation poets, he won the National Poetry Competition twice, in 1987 and 2001, and the Forward Prize for Best Poem in 2001. His work has three times been shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. His new book The Blind Roadmaker is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

"If the starting point for a number of poems in Ian Duhig's richly varied new collection is Sterne's Tristram Shandy, its presiding genius is the great eighteenth-century civil engineer, fiddler and polymath Blind Jack Metcalf - whose life Duhig here celebrates, and from whose example he draws great inspiration . . . No poet today writes with such a sense of political and social conscience." Picador Poetry



Time: 7:30pm 

Location: Medical Society Rooms, Stonegate, York YO1 8AW

Tickets: £3.00 in advance (including refreshments) 

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