Bloodaxe Editor Neil Astley presents a reading from Staying Human, the latest addition to his hugely popular Staying Alive series of world poetry anthologies. For this very special reading Neil will be joined by superb poets David Constantine and Vicki Feaver.
This session is presented in association with the Berwick Educational Association
Neil Astley is the editor of Bloodaxe Books which he founded in 1978. His books include many anthologies, most notably those in the Staying Alive series: Staying Alive (2002), Being Alive (2004), Being Human (2011) and Staying Human (2020), along with three collaborations with Pamela Robertson-Pearce, Soul Food and the DVD-books In Person: 30 Poets and In Person: World Poets. He received an Eric Gregory Award for his poetry, and has published two poetry collections, Darwin Survivor and Biting My Tongue, as well as two novels, The End of My Tether (shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award), and The Sheep Who Changed the World. He was given a D.Litt from Newcastle University for his work with Bloodaxe Books in 1995; is a patron and past trustee of Ledbury Poetry Festival; and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018. He lives in the Tarset valley in Northumberland.
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David Constantine has published several volumes of poetry, and two novels (most recently The Life-Writer) as well as four previous short story collections: Back at the Spike (1994), the highly acclaimed Under the Dam (2005), The Shieling (2009) and Tea at the Midland (2012), which won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award in 2013. David’s story ‘Tea at the Midland’ won the 2010 National Short Story Award, and his story ‘In Another Country’ was adapted into 45 Years – an Oscar-nominated film, directed by Andrew Haigh and starring Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling. With his wife Helen, David edited Modern Poetry in Translation for many years. He is also translator of Hölderlin, Brecht, Goethe, Kleist, Michaux and Jaccottet. He lives in Oxford.
Vicki Feaver lives between Dunsyre, on the edge of the Pentlands, and a small flat on the Shore overlooking the Water of Leith. Her collection The Handless Maiden won a Heineman Award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize; The Book of Blood was shortlisted for the Costa and Forward prizes. Her poem ‘Judith’ won the Forward Prize for the Best Single Poem. Her new collection I Want! I Want! explores themes of childhood and old age. Her poems have been much anthologised and she is an inspiring reader of her work.