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An evening with Wendy Cope (and friends) REGRET CANCELLED DUE TO ILL HEALTH

6.00 doors, 6.30 readings. Booking details below. At University Hall on Shakespeare Street

Wendy Cope has been one of the best-loved poets around for a generation now, maybe even two generations from her early days as a visitor to Beeston Poets!

Wendy is the author of five collections with Faber: Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, Serious ConcernsIf I Don’t KnowFamily Values, and, most recently, Anecdotal Evidence. She is one of the most popular and best-selling poets writing in English. In 1998, she was voted the BBC Radio 4 listeners’ choice to become the next Poet Laureate (a post she made clear she would not want). The poet and former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, wrote that ‘Wendy Cope is without doubt the wittiest of contemporary English poets, and says a lot of extremely serious things.’

Wendy will be supported by three Nottingham Trent University (NTU) students at this event – Aly Stoneman, Tuesday Shannon and Munashe Dziva.

Munashe is a BA (Hons) Psychology and Sociology student and WRAP (Writing, Reading and Pleasure) ambassador. A participant in the NTU Black Leadership Programme, in 2020, she was published in the WRAP online anthology The Story of Us. Tuesday Shannon is an AHRC Midlands4Cities-funded PhD candidate and WRAP tutor. A selection of her poems can be found in Take Three: Volume One (Soundswrite Press, 2019). Aly Stoneman recently completed an AHRC Midlands4Cities-funded PhD and was also a WRAP tutor, and she is the author of the pamphlet Lost Lands (Crystal Clear, 2011).

This event will be chaired by NTU’s Dr Rory Waterman, who is the author of the book Wendy Cope (Liverpool University Press, 2021).

Seating: Unallocated, available on a first come, first served basis. Please note that many of the seats in the Balcony have a restricted view of the stage.

Wheelchair spaces: We have six wheelchair spaces available in University Hall – please select this ticket type at the time of booking.

Access: There is level access to enter University Hall on Shakespeare Villas, and a lift providing access to all levels of the hall. All stalls seats have level access, requiring no use of steps or slopes. All balcony seats are accessed by at least one step. There are six spaces for wheelchair users at the front of the stalls, all of which are side-facing to the stage. We have three accessible toilets on the lower ground, stalls and balcony levels.

This event is co-hosted by Curated & Created – Nottingham Trent University’s extra-curricular arts programme.


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