Tom Warner and Sean Wai Keung (+ open mic)
Although there is no Patron Saint of Cowards,
Yoga by Tom Warner has been shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards 2014. Read more about the awards and the shortlisted books here.
Winners will be announced at the East Anglian Book Awards ceremony on Thursday 20 November.
Some memories are honed and barbed
Your name comes up between the words;
To celebrate these publications, Tom & Sam will be reading from their work and having a few drinks.
TUESDAY 15 APRIL, 2014
The half an ounce I bought today will be my last;
There are people I stand and talk with outside the pub
The MusicMix project will culminate in two live concerts and a feature on BBC Radio 3 in Spring 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.
Tom Warner has two poems in the current issue of The Rialto. Also featured is work by Lorraine Mariner, George Szirtes, Rebecca Perry, Jane Draycott, Ruth Padel, Hannah Lowe and celebrations and poems for the excellent Peter Scupham (below) in his eightieth year.
In this unique event Cheltenham Poetry Festival present a reading by Tom Warner and a showing of a film inspired by the poem by Alice Oswald, made by Marc Tiley. Click here for more details.
In January 2013 the Hungarian Cultural Centre London launched its new project ‘Inspired by Hungarian poetry: British poets in conversation with Attila József’ inviting British poets to respond to a selection of Attila József’s poems, translated into English by George Szirtes, Edwin Morgan, John Bátki and Peter Zollman.
The poets include Derek Adams, Polly Clark, Antony Dunn, Jacqueline Gabbitas, George Gömöri, Wayne Holloway-Smith, Ágnes Lehóczky, Tim Liardet, John McAuliffe, John Mole, Clare Pollard, Sam Riviere, Carol Rumens, Fiona Sampson, George Szirtes and Tom Warner.
Click here to read Tom Warner’s British Council blog article about his recent trip to Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Cambridge Wordfest reading featuring Tom Warner, Tom Chivers, Agnes Lehoczky, Stephen Emmerson, Sarah Kelly and Andrew Spragg.
Come and hear from a range of talented young poets taking UK poetry in new and exciting directions. Find out more about today’s poetry landscape as they read from Dear World and Everyone In It – a groundbreaking new anthology of younger poets which has sparked debate and captured a generational mood; playful, collaborative, ambitious, inclusive and cooperative – be part of it. (Cambridge Wordfest)
Dear World & Everyone In It is a ground-breaking new poetry anthology presenting the work of over 60 of the most talented and interesting young poets currently writing in the UK. Chosen by one of the country’s leading young poetry editors, inspired by American precedents, and growing out of The Rialto‘s recent series of young poets features curated by Nathan Hamilton, it is the first British anthology to attempt to define a generation through a properly representative cross-section of work and a fully collaborative editorial process.
Dear World & Everyone In It is an indispensable summary or starting map for anyone wanting to explore and enjoy more of the current UK poetry landscape or seeking to better understand what’s going on out there.
Featuring: Tom Warner, Rachael Allen, Andrew Bailey, Emily Berry, Ben Borek, Siddhartha Bose, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, James Byrne, Stuart Calton, Tom Chivers, Tim Cockburn, Becky Cremin, Emily Critchley, Joe Crot, Patrick Coyle, Amy De’Ath, Laura Elliott, Stephen Emmerson, Amy Evans, Ollie Evans, S.J. Fowler, Miriam Gamble, Jim Goar, Matthew Gregory, Elizabeth Guthrie, Emily Hasler, Oli Hazzard, Colin Herd, Holly Hopkins, Sarah Howe, Tom Ironmonger, Meiron Jordan, Katharine Kilalea, Sarah Kelly, Luke Kennard, Laura Kilbride, Michael Kindellan, Agnes Lehoczky, Frances Leviston, Eireann Lorsung, Chris McCabe, Michael McKimm, Fabian Macpherson, Toby Martinez de las Rivas, mendoza, James Midgley, Marianne Morris, Camilla Nelson, Kei Miller, Tamarin Norwood, Richard Parker, Sandeep Parmar, Holly Pester, Heather Phillipson, Kate Potts, Nat Raha, Sam Riviere, Sophie Robinson, Hannah Silva, Angus Sinclair, Marcus Slease, Andy Spragg, Ben Stainton, Keston Sutherland, Jonty Tiplady, Emily Toder, Simon Turner, Jack Underwood, Ahren Warner, Rachel Warriner, James Wilkes and Steve Willey.
Tom is looking forward to visiting Bangladesh in March 2013 to read at Dhaka University, organised by Brine Pickles. Further details to follow.
Tom has two poems in the current issue of the Indian magazine, The Caravan.
The country’s first and only publication devoted to narrative journalism, The Caravan occupies a singular position among Indian magazines. Our stories present a unique mix of detailed reporting, lively and vivid writing, and a commitment to the art of storytelling whether the subject is politics, culture, travel or art.
A backstage peep behind the poetry of some of the best contemporary British and Irish writers. In Their Own Words is an examination, by the writers themselves, of what most matters to them in both the social or individual realm, including the politics of belonging.
Featuring Tom Warner, Andrew Greig, W.N. Herbert, Mark Granier, Philip Gross, Vicki Feaver, Mimi Khalvati, David Morley, Ira Lightman, Agnes Lehoczky, Andy Brown, Ian Duhig, Anna Reckin, Jen Hadfield, Sarah Law, Kona Macphee, Maitreyabandhu, Julia Copus, Polly Clark, Deryn Rees-Jones, Tim Turnbull, Samantha Wynne Rhydderch, Helen Mort, Nigel McLoughlin, Jay Bernard, Katrina Porteous, Ross Sutherland, Luke Wright, Tim Wells, Antony Dunn, Luke Kennard, Matthew Sweeney, Pascale Petit, Moniza Alvi, Gregory Woods, Sam Riviere, Michael Symmons Roberts, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Martin Figura, Jacob Sam-La Rose, Mir Mahfuz Ali, Vahni Capildeo, Roger Robinson, Clare Shaw, Clare Pollard, Meirion Jordan, Tiffany Atkinson, Patience Agbabi, John McCullough, John Mole, Peter Scupham, Alison Brackenbury, Carol Rumens, Carrie Etter, Penelope Shuttle and Esther Morgan.
Click here to read George Szirtes’ blog on ‘Under Natural History‘.
Jaybird’s new poetry show introduces ten poets to a theatre director and designer and creates new worlds of poetic pleasure and provocation. Words and moods are enhanced with props and subtle choreography: how the poets move, sit and stand on stage helps your eye support what your ear attends. The poets perform their individual shows in various combinations throughout the country during Autumn 2012.
Tom Warner will be one of the astronaut poets, along with Liz Berry, Kayo Chingonyi, Sarah Howe, Amy Key, William Letford, Karen McCarthy Woolf, John McCullough, Richard O’Brien and Liane Strauss. Tom will be performing in Hastings on 22 September, London on 29 September and Norwich on 24 November 2012. Details of all the shows can be found on Jaybird’s Astronaut website.
Tom Warner and Esther Morgan will be reading for Poetry Unbound 2 at The Forum, Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library on 20 August 2012, 6pm – 8pm. entry is free and refreshments will be available.
Tom’s poem ‘Wallets’ is published in the current issue of Poetry Review. Read the poem at the Poetry Society here.
Thursday 26th April 2012 – 7pm at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P
Damir Sodan – Tomica Bajsic – Dorta Jagic – Ivan Herceg – Sonja Manojlović
Jeff Hilson – Tom Warner -– Tim Atkins – Mark Waldron – Marcus Slease – Andy Spragg – Claire Potter – Saradha Soobrayen – Joe Kennedy
Click here to visit the Sabotage website and read Sean Hewitt’s review of the Escalator winners reading at CB1 in Cambridge on 28 February 2012.
The jolt in your speech
The Saint of Forest Town,
worked itself free
a queue of wheelchairs
Tom’s poem ‘Day Thirty-Two’ has won The Plough Prize 2011. You can read the winning poem and others at The Plough Prize website here.
‘My upbringing among so-called “inarticulate” people has given me a passion for language that communicates directly and immediately. I prefer the idea of men speaking to men to a man speaking to god, or even worse to Oxford’s anointed.’
– Tony Harrison
Imagine the art of doodling dies out
Fully digital, there’ll be no escape,
How will we visit our corners without the pyramids
Here’s a video documenting a project I worked on last year. Well Versed was a pilot project bringing poets and teachers together to improve the presentation of poetry in primary and secondary schools. Well Versed was managed by Writers Centre Norwich in partnership with Creativity, Culture and Education.
I spent National Poetry Day (yesterday) at St. Augustine’s Priory School in Ealing, West London. I was at the school for a reading and Q&A with sixth form students, followed by a workshop with Year 9s. The students asked some interesting questions about constraint and the creative process.
In July I was asked to write a poem for an anthology celebrating forty years of creative writing at the University of East Anglia. I’d bumped into the Creative Writing Professor in Norwich and he’d asked if I’d have a go at writing in response to a Derek Mahon poem called ‘Head’. Mahon’s ‘Head’ would appear last in the anthology and my poem, should I choose to take up the challenge, should be titled ‘Toe’ and would appear first; a kind of top and tail, or tail and top. So, ‘Toe’… and it needed to be about inspiration/creation, either stubbing a toe or building a golem beginning with the toe. So, ‘Toe’… and I had little over two weeks to write it. Two weeks in which I was working in schools and away at Latitude. Not long. So, ‘Toe’…
A few days from the deadline I considered requesting an extension, but, as I said yesterday, deadlines are good, as are constraints on subject; they squeeze and steer the writing. I still don’t know how I feel about my ‘Toe’. It’s kind of mine and not mine, but it is there.
Thank you to the students and teachers at St. Augustine’s for an excellent National Poetry Day. Here’s ‘Toe’.
It makes sense to start with the toe and work up.
When he’s complete, I’ll prop a ladder against his chest
I’m reading at the Wymondham Words Festival on Friday 16 September at 8pm at the Ex-Services Club in Wymondham. I’ll be reading with Kate Kilalea, Andy McDonnell and Tim Cockburn. The festival is on all weekend and has an excellent line-up, including Mark Cocker, Richard Mabey, Helen Ivory and Elspeth Barker. Further details here.
After an excellent week working with students and teachers for Stalham High School’s literature festival last month, I’m honoured to be adopted as the school’s honorary poet. I look forward to working with Stalham again in the new academic year.
I have a poem in a forthcoming collection of essays and poems celebrating forty years of creative writing at the University of East Anglia. I was asked to write a poem about writing/inspiration and using the title ‘Toe’ in response to a poem by Derek Mahon called ‘Head’.
Well Versed was a pilot project of poets working with teachers to improve the presentation of poetry in primary and secondary schools. Tom and Molly Naylor and students and teachers at West Earlham Primary, Wicklewood Primary and North Walsham High.
Tom has two new poems appearing in the inaugural issue of the North Chicago Review due out in Summer 2011.