Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Poetry reading

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Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre

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208 (Chakrabarti Room), JHBB, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


A visit from Kelley SwainJohn Barnie, and Steven Matthews (Oxford University Natural History Museum poets-in-residence).

Steven Matthews was born and brought up in Colchester, Essex. He now lives and teaches in Oxford and Reading. His first collection of poetry, Skying, was published by Waterloo Press in 2012. Various of his more recent poems have been published in magazines, journals, and anthologies, including StandPoetry and Audience, Origami Warriors, and From the City to the Saltings: Poems from Essex. He has been a regular reviewer of poetry for the TLSLondon Magazine, and Poetry Review, and Poetry Editor for Dublin Quarterly Magazine.

John Barnie is a poet and essayist from Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. He taught for a number of years at Copenhagen University before returning to Wales to work for the political and cultural magazine Planet: The Welsh Internationalist. He is the author of over twenty collections of poetry and essays, many of which are concerned with the environment and the natural world. A collection of essays, The King of Ashes, was awarded a Welsh Books Council Prize for Literature. His latest book is a memoir, Footfalls in the Silence (Cinnamon Press). A new collection of poems, Wind Playing with a Man’s Hat, was published by Cinnamon in October this year.

Kelley Swain is a poet, writer and editor, particularly in art-science crossover genres. She holds a BA in English and an MSc in Medical Humanities, and is a regular contributor to the arts and reviews pages of The Lancet and The Lancet Psychiatry. Kelley is the author of poetry collections Darwin’s Microscope (Flambard Press, 2009), Opera di Cera (Valley Press, 2014), and Atlantic (Cinnamon Press, 2014), and the editor of two poetry-and-science anthologies. Cinnamon Press published Double the Stars, Kelley’s historical novel about the astronomer Caroline Herschel, in 2013. The Naked Muse, her memoir about working as an artists’ model, appeared from Valley Press in 2016.