Poetry from this place: Liz Berry & Caleb Femi
Guest Curator – and outgoing Birmingham Poet Laureate – Casey Bailey will be sitting down with two Forward Prize winning poets.
Liz Berry and Caleb Femi have the awesome ability to capture the environment that they inhabit in verse, and have fans across the globe. Expect a poetry reading, a discussion about writing about place and all their other wondrous exploits.
Chaired by Casey Bailey
About the speakers:
Liz Berry is a poet and tutor. Her first book of poems, Black Country (Chatto 2014) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014. Her pamphlet The Republic of Motherhood was published by Chatto in 2018 and the title poem won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Liz’s new collection, Dereliction, was published in 2021 and is a love letter to the Black Country, written in response to Tom Hicks’ photography of the region.
Raised on the North Peckham estate in South London, Caleb Femi is a poet and director. He has written and directed short films for the BBC and Channel 4, and poems for Tate Modern, the Royal Society for Literature, St Paul’s Cathedral, the BBC, the Guardian and more. From 2016 to 2018, he served as the Young People’s Laureate for London. He recently wrote the liner material for Kano’s 2019 album Hoodies All Summer. Poor is his first book.