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Poetry Club: Anthony Joseph, Hannah Sullivan & James Conor Patterson

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We are delighted to welcome Anthony Joseph, Hannah Sullivan and James Conor Patterson, three of the finest poets of their generation for a spell-binding evening of poetry – the first in the 2023 series which marks the 10th anniversary of the club. There will also be an opportunity to purchase signed copies of the collections featured at Poetry Club after the readings.

Anthony Joseph is the winner of this year’s TS Eliot Prize for his poetry collection Sonnets for Albert. His previous poetry collections include Desafinado (1994), Teragaton (1998), and Rubber Orchestras (2011).  He has also written three novels: The African Origins of UFOs (2006), Kitch: A Fictional Biography of a Calypso Icon (2018), and The Frequency of Magic (2019).
He is a poet, novelist, academic and musician, who moved from Trinidad to the UK in 1989.

“An absolutely brilliant writer” – Benjamin Zephaniah
“A luminous collection which celebrates humanity in all its contradictions and breathes new life into this enduring form” – Jean Sprackland

Hannah Sullivan won the prestigious TS Eliot Prize in 2019 with her debut collection, Three Poems. She is an academic who teaches English at New College, Oxford. She lives in London with her husband and two sons. She will read from her newly published collection Was it For This for the first time on the 9th of February.

“The best first collection I’ve read for a long time: moving, technically adroit, clever in all the right ways, and full of brilliant small-scale effects as well as large achievements.” – Andrew Motion, Guardian


James Conor Patterson’s debut poetry collection bandit country was published by Picador in September 2022 for which he was shortlisted for the 2022 TS Eliot Prize. In 2019, he received an Eric Gregory Award for his work. He is from Newry in the North of Ireland.

“[bandit country] is dynamic and weighted and boasts a technical proficiency that makes an easy for it to be considered a classic” – Caleb Femi, award-winning poet and author

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Praise for Anthony Joseph:

“Joseph’s work is compact as he doesn’t let a single line go to waste. As a reader you feel intrusive as you enter his world, Joseph shocks us outsiders from the very beginning of his collection’ – UEA Live

Sonnets for Albert movingly makes peace with his shade.” – The Guardian

“In Sonnets for Albert, Anthony Joseph weaves the messy warm and weft of family life with disarming ease. What emerges is truthful, at times painful, but always warmly human’ – John Field, T.S. Eliot Prize


Praise for Hannah Sullivan:

“Three Poems . . . travels light, illuminated yet never shackled by scholarship, and investigates the way life does – and does not – revise itself.” – Kate Kellaway, Observer

“Sullivan’s authority, reach and ambition are exhilarating.” – Lavinia Greenlaw, London Review of Books

“Hannah Sullivan’s Three Poems is a collection of three long poems about youth, time, and the only end of age. It is funny, affecting, smart, readable and wears its influences from Didion to Eliot lightly.” – John Self, Irish Times, Book of the Year

“Sullivan’s poetry constructed its own detailed, lucid, and deeply honest world, one which the audience were able — and felt impelled — to enter, and recognize themselves within.” – Ralf Webb, Los Angeles Review of Books


Praise for James Conor Patterson:

“James Conor Patterson’s bandit country has its own sense of magic too, driven by Border-country ghosts, its Newry hybrid dialect riven with gallows humour” – Irish Times, Poetry Book of the Year

“Patterson’s decision to write the whole book in dialect is a political choice. It dignifies the language, insisting the reader adapt to what’s on the page. It makes for an exuberant and memorable reading experience .” – New Statesman