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An Evening with Simon Armitage: Inspire <Virtual> Poetry Festival 2020
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Welcome to Inspire Presents: Book Talk - an exciting new video series where we bring you interviews with the authors you love. Our latest episodes feature award-winning writer Mahsuda Snaith and poet and performer Leanne Moden.
Each interview is around 30 minutes long, so make yourself a coffee, relax and enjoy!
About Leanne . . .
Leanne Moden is a poet, performer and workshop leader, based in Nottingham.
She has performed at events across the UK and Europe, including WOMAD Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, Sofar Sounds, Stanza Newcastle, the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, the Beverley Folk Festival, and Bestival on the Isle of Wight, as well as Prima Vista Festival in Estonia and Dia Mundial de la Poesia in Spain.
Leanne has given performances at the Fourth Wave Feminist Festival in Hackney Downs, Trinity College Cambridge, the Whitworth Museum in Manchester, and she even did a set as part of the TEDx WOMEN talk at UCL in 2016. In 2019, she performed her first solo poetry show, Skip Skip Skip, as part of PBH's Free Fringe at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Her latest collection Get Over Yourself was published by Burning Eye Books in July
About . . .
Mahsuda Snaith is a writer of novels and short stories. Her debut novel The Things We Thought We Knew was released in 2017 when she was named an Observer New Face of Fiction. Her second novel How to Find Home was chosen as a BBC Radio 4 ‘Book at Bedtime’. She is the winner of the S I Leeds Literary Prize and Bristol Short Story Prize 2014.
Mahsuda has led creative writing workshops in universities, hospitals, schools and a homeless hostel. She is a commissioned writer for the Colonial Countryside project and is currently working on her third novel. She lives in Leicester. Learn more about Mahsuda Snaith on her website and discover her writing course on her You Tube channel.
About . . .
Matthew Welton has published four poetry collections, all with Carcanet Press: The Book of Matthew, We needed coffee but..., The Number Poems and Squid Squad: A Novel. Nottingham born and raised, he now teaches Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham. His style has been widely described as unique, and he says,"With every poem I write I’m trying to make something immediate and gettable but which, at least to some extent, brings something new to the idea of what poetry might be."
In this interview Matthew mentions the Poetry Myriorama he created with Inspire. Find out more about the project, and see the resulting book, here.
Read more about Matthew Welton's work and publication on his website.
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