Jerwood Centre
01/02/2020
2.00 - 3.30pm

The annual Poetry Business International Book & Pamphlet Competition has launched the careers of many successful poets. Three of the winners, Hilary Menos, Nick On and Emma Simon – as well as special guest Jenny King – will read a selection of their work in the beautiful setting of the Jerwood Centre Reading Room.

Hilary Menos was born in Luton in 1964 and studied PPE at Oxford and an MA in Poetry at MMU. She has worked in politics, journalism and theatre, and co-ran a 100-acre mixed organic farm in Devon. Her first collection, Berg (Seren, 2009), won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2010. Her second collection, Red Devon, was published by Seren in 2013. She lives in France with her husband and one of her four sons.

Nick On grew up in Gloucestershire, moved to Newcastle upon Tyne after university and ever since has lived in the North East of England. He earns a living as a corporate lawyer, mostly in London. He is a recent graduate of the Writing Poetry MA at Newcastle University.

Emma Simon grew up in Northamptonshire, but now lives and works in London as a freelance journalist and copywriter. She has been widely published in anthologies and magazines including The Rialto, The North, and Under the Radar. She has won both the Ver Poets and Prole Laureate competitions and her debut pamphlet, Dragonish, was published by The Emma Press in 2017.

Jenny King was born in London during the Blitz and wrote poetry from childhood. She studied English at Cambridge, then taught it in schools, first in Shrewsbury before coming to Sheffield, where she has lived ever since and where she also ran Sticky Bun Writers for twelve years. She received an Eric Gregory award in 1979 and published a poetry pamphlet with The Mandeville Press in 1981. She has continued to write and publish in magazines and anthologies and came second in the Bridport Prize in 2003. Her most recent pamphlet Midsummer is published by Smith|Doorstop in February 2020.

Cost: Free

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