Cliff Yates

11th Nov 2009 - 7:30pm

The Arts Centre

Tickets £3.50 all.

An evening of poetry with Cliff Yates at the Rose Theatre.

Cliff Yates was born in Birmingham in 1952.  He won both the Aldeburgh first collection prize and the Poetry Business book & pamphlet competition for Henry’s Clock (Smith/Doorstop). He wrote Jumpstart Poetry in the Secondary School (Poetry Society) and has a Poetry Society ‘Teacher Trailblazer’ award for dedication to the teaching of poetry. He runs courses and workshops throughout Britain and abroad. The poems in his new collection, Frank Freeman’s Dancing School (Salt), winner of an Arts Council England Writer’s Award, explore new territory: preoccupied with stories, the nature of memory, and identity.

“Cliff Yates is one of my favourite poets, writing in an idiom I’d like to call ‘Skelmersdale Mystic/Domestic’. If he was in a band that band would produce hit singles that would linger in your head for years and if he was a greengrocer his vegetables would always be startling shapes. There’s childhood here, and love, and a way of seeing the world with the wrappers off that is, ultimately, Yatesian.” Ian McMillan

For details of what’s on this season at the Rose Theatre, visit the Rose Theatre website.

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