Picking up where last year’s popular Poetry Breakfast left off, the Festival joins forces with the South Downs Poetry Festival for an event where coffee, orange juice, croissants, the Sunday newspapers, music and poetry will be the name of the game. Topping the bill in this highly relaxed environment is one of the most admired poets of our times, Grace Nichols, winner of the Commonwealth Poetry Award.
Grace Nichols was born in Guyana but has lived in Britain since 1977. Her first book of poems, I Is A Long-Memoried Woman (Karnac House) won the 1983 Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Among her other books are the popular, The Fat Black Woman’s Poems, Sunris, winner of the Guyana Poetry Prize and Startling The Flying Fish all published by Virago who also brought out her novel, Whole of a Morning Sky. She was poet-in-residence at the Tate Gallery between 1999-2000, is a former winner of the prestigious Cholmondeley Award, and performs all over Britain and internationally.
The cast for the breakfast session also includes distinguished South Downs writer, poet, playwright and novelist, Jeremy Page. Jeremy is the founding editor of the Frogmore Papers and the author of several volumes of poetry, including Closing Time and Stepping Back. As last year, there will also be musical interludes and starring performances from young poets from the area who have been working in schools with poet Antosh Wojcik (find out more on our Community Events page).
Refreshments generously provided by the Hungry Guest and included in the ticket price.
10.00 – Doors open, coffee, orange juice, croissants and the Sunday newspapers
11.00 – Antosh Wojcik and young poets
11.25 – traditional music with Mike Carey and Clare Nicholas
11.35 – Jeremy Page
11.55 – traditional music with Mike Carey and Clare Nicholas
12.05 – Grace Nichols
12.30 – Book signing