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Bristol Poetry Institute welcomes Northern Irish poets

Press release issued: 20 March 2013

Belfast poet, novelist and musician, Ciaran Carson and Bristol-based poet Andrew Jamison will be giving a reading at the University of Bristol this Friday [22 March]. The event, hosted by the Bristol Poetry Institute, is free and all are welcome.

Born in Belfast in 1948, Ciaran Carson is Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queens University.  A highly regarded and hugely prolific poet, he has published 11 collections of poetry with Gallery Press, including Belfast Confetti, First Language, (which won the TS Eliot Prize), Breaking News (which won the Forward Prize and the Cholmondeley Award), and For All We Know, a sequence based on the structure of fugue.

His many prose works include Last Night’s Fun, a book about Irish traditional music, a novel, Shamrock Tea (which was long-listed for the Booker Prize), and most recently The Pen Friend and Exchange Place.  He lives in Belfast and is a member of Aosdána, the affiliation of Irish artists.

Andrew Jamison was born in County Down in 1986.  His first collection, Happy Hour, was published by Gallery Press in 2012.  He won the Templar pamphlet award in 2011.  Selected as a UK Young Artist, he took part in the 2011 International Biennale in Rome.  His Arts Council of Northern Ireland awards include the New York Residency (2011) and the ACES award. He teaches English at Bristol Grammar School.

The event takes place in Lecture Theatre 3 (LT3), 17 Woodland Road (main entrance 3-5 Woodland Road) from 7.30pm to 9.30pm; admission free.  The reading will be followed by a book signing.  Refreshments provided.

For further details, please contact Danny Karlin ( or Sam Thomas (

About the Bristol Poetry Institute

The Bristol Poetry Institute is a new venture that brings together scholars, students, poets and poetry-lovers across the University of Bristol and the wider community.  The Institute is a focus for events and activities ranging from international academic conferences to seminars and study days.  It hosts readings, workshops and performances by national and local poets and offers a space (both physical and ‘virtual’) for discussion and debate about poetry in all its forms.

The Institute's remit is open and inclusive.  Poetry in other languages and cultures is a vital part of the project, as are the ways in which boundaries are crossed by translation and adaptation, and the encounter of poetry with other arts, such as painting, music, drama and film.

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