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Simon Jenner Leads A Celebration of Poetry at Chichester Library

Sussex poet Simon Jenner is set to head the bill at Chichester Library’s A Celebration of Poetry, on Thursday 27th March, 2014. This feast of words and rhythm will incorporate live music and open mic poetry.

Highly praised by literary luminaries, Simon will read from his current collection Two For Joy as well as delving into his extensive back catalogue and providing a preview of his new book. Two For Joy, established Simon as an emerging major voice. The collection is a mix of poems inspired by the controversial nineteenth century poet, Algernon Swinburne.

Peter Porter, the distinguished Australian poet, heaped praise on Simon’s debut collection, About Bloody Time, calling it “brilliant, full of tactical love of language.” Steve Spence and Martin Seymour-Smith joined the growing chorus of approval with glowing comments; “there is genius in his poetry,” observed Seymour-Smith, while Spence, writing in Stride, picked out its “rich and complex’ qualities”.

Born in West Sussex, Jenner studied at Leeds and Cambridge before becoming director of Survivors’ Poetry in 2003. From 2008 until 2010 he was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at University of East London and University of Chichester. He is also a driving force behind Brighton based poetry publishing house Waterloo Press.

Classical guitarist Linda Kelsall-Barnett and folk/blues singer-songwriter Jimmy Lee will join Simon at the Library. What’s more, in the open mic section of the evening, local poets – of any style and on any subject – are welcome to read their poetry to an appreciative audience.

Why don’t you join in A Celebration of Poetry, Thursday 27th March, 7.30pm, Chichester Library, Tower Street, Chichester. Tickets are £4, including a complimentary glass of wine, and are available in advance from the Library. For more details, please call: 01243 777351.

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