Ekphrastic Poetry Reading and Workshop

3rd Dec 2016, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Tate Liverpool

Cain Fleeing AbelWilliam Blake, 1826

Maung Day, Niall McDevitt and James Byrne

To complement the current Tate exhibition In Focus – William Blake and Tracey Emin, an ekphrastic poetry workshop an evening reading will be delivered by three international poets:

Maung Day is a Burmese poet, artist, translator and development worker. He has published five books of poetry in Burmese and a chapbook in English and has translated a number of books. Active in the arts scene in Yangon, Burma, where he co-founded a performance art festival, he is Edge Hill University’s first International Writer in Residence.

Niall McDevitt is a Blakean, known for his William Blake Walk in London. He is the author of three poetry collections b/w and Porterloo and his new book Firing Slits: Jerusalem Colportage, a psychogeographical meditation on the city of Jerusalem.

James Byrne is a poet and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Edge Hill University. His most recent books include White Coins (Arc Publications, 2015) and Everything Broken Up Dances (Tupelo, 2015). James is the Co-founder of the Edge Hill University Press, who working on a poetry anthology for publication in 2017.

Writers will be asked to bring up to 5 pages of work that responds to the Tate Liverpool exhibition(s) and receive editorial advice on how their poetry responds to visual artwork and ‘ekphrasis’ techniques.

This event is supported by Edge Hill University’s International Writer in Residence programme and The Tate Exchange Liverpool, with additional support from the British Council.

To attend the Tate reading please email: Jessica Fairclough Jessica.Fairclough@tate.org.uk

To attend the workshop please email: byrnej@edgehill.ac.uk

Details of the exhibitions, which are FREE to Edge Hill staff and students can be found here