Poets Respond to Paintings
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Photo: Installation view, One Day, Something Happens, Towner Art Gallery, 2016. Photo: Pete Jones
Inspired by the artwork of Lucian Freud, David Hockney, Rose Wylie and others, poets Emily Berry, Richard Price and Rommi Smith perform their specially commissioned work written to respond to the exhibition One Day, Something Happens.
Emily Berry is one of an increasingly distinct generation of poets to emerge in the UK since the early 2000s. Her debut poetry collection, Dear Boy, published by Faber & Faber in 2013, won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and the Hawthornden Prize (a prize for imaginative literature in poetry or prose). She is currently working towards a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia, and was selected as a ‘Next Generation’ poet by the Poetry Book Society in 2014. Her second collection, Stranger, Baby, is forthcoming from Faber in 2017.
Rommi Smith is a poet and playwright, who works to fuse spoken word and music together. A spellbinding, dynamic and powerful performer, Rommi works in collaboration with dancers, music producers and musicians to create a synthesis of lyrical spoken and sung word. She has held a series of high profile, prestigious creative residencies with organisations ranging from The British Council to the BBC. She was Poet in Residence for BBC Music Live, Poet in Residence for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and British Council Poet in Residence at California State University in Los Angeles. In 2007 she was appointed Parliamentary Writer in Residence, employed by the House of Commons and based in the Palace of Westminster. Her role is the first appointment of its kind in history.
Born in 1966 Richard Price is increasingly recognized as one of the more important voices of his generation, a poet who moves comfortably between the lyrical and the avant-garde. His collection Lucky Day was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize, and he was an influential figure in a literary movement which he named: Informationist poetry. In addition to his award-winning poetry, he has collaborated with sculptors, digital artists, and musicians.
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