Carcanet at 50
Date(s) - Wednesday, 4th December
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Bookshop
Carcanet Press, one of the leading poetry publishers in the English-speaking world, turns fifty this year. This event brings together four Nottingham-based Carcanet poets for a night of readings and celebration, in association with the Nottingham Creative Writing Hub. A free, celebratory, limited-edition pamphlet will be available for all who attend the event.
Rory Waterman is Senior Lecturer in English at Nottingham Trent University. His first collection of poetry, Tonight the Summer’s Over (Carcanet, 2013), was a Poetry BookSociety Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Prize; his second, Sarajevo Roses (Carcanet, 2017), was shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Prize for Second Collections.
Matthew Welton was born in Nottingham in 1969, and is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham. He received the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection Prize for The Book of Matthew (Carcanet, 2003), which was a Guardian Book of the Year, and his other collections are We needed coffee but… (Carcanet, 2009) and The Number Poems (Carcanet, 2016).
Gregory Woods has published five collections with Carcanet: We Have the Melon (1992), May I Say Nothing (1998), The District Commissioner’s Dreams (2002), Quidnunc (2007) and An Ordinary Dog (2011). He is Professor Emeritus of Gay and Lesbian Studies at Nottingham Trent University.
Becky Cullen was a winner of the 2017/18 Poetry Business International Poetry Book and Pamphlet competition, leading to publication of the Smith|Doorstop pamphlet Majid Sits in a Tree and Sings (2018). A selection of her poems is included in the anthology New Poetries VII (Carcanet, 2018). She is M3C postdoctoral Cultural Economy Engagement Fellowship at NTU.
We will be joined by Michael Schmidt, who set up Carcanet in 1969 and has run it ever since.