Talk: Poetry Reading
  • The House studio, University of Plymouth

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As part of two literary events to coincide with the Mariner exhibition, Philip Gross returns to Plymouth to talk about how the sea has featured in and influenced his work.

Born in Cornwall, son of an Estonian wartime refugee, Philip Gross has lived in Plymouth, Bristol and South Wales, where he was Professor of Creative Writing at Glamorgan University (USW).

His forthcoming 21st collection, Between the Islands (2020) follows nine previous books with Bloodaxe, including A Bright Acoustic (2017), Love Songs of Carbon (2015), winner of the Roland Mathias Poetry Award and a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; Deep Field (2011), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; The Water Table (2009), winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize; and Changes of Address: Poems 1980-1998 (2001), his selection from earlier books including The Ice Factory, Cat’s Whisker, The Son of the Duke of Nowhere, I.D. and The Wasting Game.

He is a keen collaborator. Previous collaborations have included artist Valerie Coffin Price on A Fold in the River (2015) and with poet Lesley Saunders on A Part of the Main (2018). I Spy Pinhole Eye (Cinnamon Press, 2009), with photographer Simon Denison, won the Wales Book of the Year Award 2010. He received a Cholmondeley Award in 2017.

Philip Gross's poetry for young people includes Manifold Manor, The All-Nite Café (winner of the Signal Award 1994), Off Road to Everywhere (winner of the CLPE Award 2011) and the poetry-science collection Dark Sky Park.

Date: Tuesday 29 October
Time: 19:00 - 20:00
Venue: The House studio
Ticket information: £6/ £4/ free to UoP students via SPiA/ free to 18’s and under with YAP

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Today's events

Mariner: a painted ship upon a painted ocean

Join us in The Levinsky Gallery from 23 September – 16 November for a fascinating exhibition exploring the contemporary relevance of one of the most influential poems in the English language, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). 

The Arts Institute's first national touring exhibition in partnership with The Box, Plymouth, features 15 artists showcasing a series of new commissions and selected international artworks that retell this epic tale for a 21st century audience. 

Investigating issues around ecology, the environment, immigration and displacement, this exhibition is accompanied by a thought-provoking programme of talks, film and poetry. View the associated programme

Antarctica Raft of the Medusa. Courtesy Lucy + Jorge Orta

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