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Writers Series: How to Write Poetry from Real Life Events and Archives with Jay Bernard & Roger Robinson

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Creative Writing at Brunel presents another terrific line-up for the Writers Series 2020, free and open to all.

HOW TO WRITE POETRY FROM REAL LIFE EVENTS & ARCHIVES

JAY BERNARD and ROGER ROBINSON interviewed by BERNARDINE EVARISTO

Jay Bernard is a British writer, artist, film programmer, and activist from London, UK. Their first full poetry collection, Surge (2019) was nominated for the Costa, Forward and TS Eliot awards in 2019. They have been a programmer at BFI Flare since 2014, co-editor of Oxford Poetry, and their fiction, non-fiction, and art has been published in many national and international magazines and newspapers.

Roger Robinson won Britain’s top poetry award, the TS Eliot Prize, in January 2020, for his new book, A Portable Paradise. He was also chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon. He is an alumnus of The Complete Works and his poetry has been shortlisted for The OCM Bocas Poetry Prize, The Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize and highly commended by the Forward Poetry Prize. Roger has toured extensively with the British Council and is a co-founder of both Spoke Lab and the international writing collective Malika’s Kitchen. He is also an experienced workshop leader.