Chichester Library will welcome Matthew Sweeney, an Irish poet of international standing, to celebrate this year’s National Poetry Day on Thursday 8th October. Described by writer Ruth Padel as “a force for good in British poetry,” the Manchester Review has called his work “moving and awe-inspiring.”
Matthew Sweeney is known as a consummate storyteller, a modern day fabulist. He claims to write imagistic narrative that strays beyond realism into alternative realities. Often humorous in his sideways look at the everyday, his poetry shows the influence of Irish and German language literary traditions, including Franz Kafka. A recipient of the Cholmondeley and Arts Council Writers’ Awards, he has been nominated for the prestigious TS Eliot Prize and in 2014 won the Piggot Poetry Prize.
Spokesman Barry Smith says: “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome an outstanding poet of Matthew’s calibre to Chichester. He’ll be launching his brand new collection, Inquisition Lane (Bloodaxe), giving us the chance to hear his very latest work. Matthew has published fourteen brilliant collections, including a Selected Poems, poetry for children, a handbook on writing poetry and even a satirical crime novel called Death Comes for the Poets.”
There will be a chance for West Sussex poets to share the spotlight in the second half of the evening, which features an open mic session. Regular guest artist Linda Kelsall-Barnett will also play musical interludes on classical guitar.
“Lovers of poetry will really enjoy this stimulating mix of words and music – it promises to be an outstanding celebration of this year’s National Poetry Day,” says Barry.
A Celebration of Poetry, Thursday 8th October, 19.30, Chichester Library, Tower Street, PO19 1QJ. Tickets costing £5 (including a complimentary glass of wine) are available from the Library on: 01243 777351.