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Chichester welcomes prize-winning poets from near and far

The Fleece Era by Joanna LilleyOrange prize winning Canadian poet, Joanna Lilley will appear on stage at New Park Centre, Chichester on Wednesday 25th February. Ex-Sussex girl Joanna attended Chichester College before emigrating to Canada in 2006.

Joanna Lilley is the author of The Fleece Era, published by Brick Books in 2014. Her short story collection, The Birthday Books, is being published by Hagios Press this spring. Joanna has lived in the Yukon in northern Canada since she emigrated from the UK. She moved to Bognor Regis with her family aged 11-years-old and attended Bognor Regis School and then Chichester College.

An open mic will follow Joanna’s reading where Sussex poets will be welcome to read their own creations. Entrance is £4 on the door at the Jubilee Hall, New Park Centre, Chichester.

Then, on 26th March, Chichester Library will welcome National Poetry Competition winner Allison McVety. The 2011 National Poetry Competition winner was victorious with a poem about her attempt to take an English A-level without bothering to read the set text, Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, and the circumstances around her eventually reading the book.

Allison won the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition 2006 with her first collection, The Night Trotsky Came to Stay, and is now writing her third collection.

This event also features live music with guitarist Linda Kelsall-Barnett and the ticket price of £5 includes a glass of wine. An open mic also follows Allison’s reading. Tickets are available from Chichester Library, please call 01243 777351 for further information.

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