New poems by Jean Sprackland written in response to Ford Madox Brown's paintings.
Acclaimed poet Jean Sprackland has been commissioned by Manchester Literature Festival to respond to Manchester Art Gallery’s new exhibition Ford Madox Brown: Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer. At this unique event she will read her commissioned poems against the vibrant and illuminating backdrop of her inspirations.
Tickets for this performance are available from QuayTickets.
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Jean Sprackland’s most recent collection, Tilt (Cape, 2007) won the Costa Award for Poetry.
Hard Water (Cape, 2003) was shortlisted for both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award. Tattoos for Mothers Day (Spike, 1997) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize (Best First Collection).
In 2004 Jean was named by the Poetry Book Society as one of the ‘Next Generation’ poets. She is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.
“Taut, powerful poems which balance the anxieties of experience against the possibility of the miraculous.”
Costa Award judges 2007
“The poems in Hard Water have the exhilarating quality of freshness and truth: poems of memory and place, religion and childhood, captured with relish in a textured and physical language. Added to this are a gift for the colloquial and a subtle, sexy humour. This is a hugely enjoyable collection by a poet writing with clear gusto and authority.”
Carol Ann Duffy
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