Open Meeting of the Poetry and Poetics Group

8th Dec 2008, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Faculty of Education

An open meeting of the Poetry and Poetics Group takes place in the Faculty of Education at Edge Hill University on Monday 8th December at 6:30pm.

Matthew Welton will be joining the group to read and talk about The Book of Matthew, his widely-acclaimed debut collection and winner of the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection Prize upon publication in 2003.

Matthew was born in 1969 in Nottingham. He currently lives in Manchester and is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Bolton. His poetry has appeared in the anthologies First Pressings (Faber) and New Poetries II (Carcanet). Matthew is a regular collaborator with the composer Larry Goves and has gained a strong reputation as a performer of his work.

‘A poet who has consistently (but slowly) produced some stunningly beautiful work.’ – Dave Gorman, the Observer.

‘Matthew Welton’s first collection, The Book of Matthew, is something of an achievement: it arrives with a unique and distinct sensibility; his poems create their own evocative and elusive worlds. There is a kind of relaxed quizzical sensuality running throughout, an easy, compelling confidence. Welton likes to slow everything right down (“slow” and “slowly” are two of the most repeated words in the book). The ensuing stillness fosters an attention to subtle physical distinctions, to patterns and repetitions.’ (Charles Bainbridge)