Literary Festival: Trio of Poets


For book lovers everywhere. Come and join us on Wednesday 30th January 2019 for an evening with a trio of poets (Esther Morgan, Michael Mackmin and Matthew Howard) for the first event of the UCP Literary Festival 2019.

The event is FREE OF CHARGE for both UCP students and members of the public to attend and will take place from 7pm to 8pm in the Lecture Theatre at University Centre Peterborough.

Esther Morgan’s fourth poetry collection, The Wound Register, is published by Bloodaxe Books (2018). Its title is inspired by the Casualty Book, an official record of the casualty and sickness details for more than fifteen thousand soldiers of the Norfolk Regiment during the First World War. Written during the conflict’s centenary, the poems apply the concept to her own family history in the aftermath of her great-grandfather’s death at the Somme. Tracing the legacy of this loss over three generations, The Wound Register grapples movingly with the question of whether it’s possible to live and love while doing no harm. Esther was born in Kidderminster, Worcestershire in 1970 and studied Creative Writing at UEA. Her third collection Grace (Bloodaxe, 2011) was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize.

Michael Mackmin has worked as an editor with The Rialto since he co-founded the magazine in 1984. From time to time he writes poems of his own. A few have been gathered into pamphlets, recently, Twenty Three Poems and From There to Here, both published by HappenStance and both now sold out. Helena Nelson generously published Michael’s full collection and here’s a little of what Hannah Lowe wrote in her recent review of And in The North.

“…as for energy, the poems are full of it. The writing is robust, skilful and full of potent emotional force. The poems about poetry made me laugh aloud; others had me by the throat, in the way the best poems can.”

Matt Howard lives in Norwich where he works for the RSPB. Matt is also a trustee of New Networks for Nature, an eco-organisation that asserts the central importance of nature in our cultural life. Gall is his first full collection of poems. Matt’s poetry is intense and shapely, but capable of daring imagination. He combines the intimate, careful voice of the naturalist with a lush and unusual diction. His poetic world is both empirical and uncanny, examining the ‘nature’ of the inner body as well as the wild.

University Centre Peterborough run an established BA (Hons) English Literature degree from our campus in the heart of the city. We are dedicated to supporting literature and writing at local and national level as well as providing opportunities for our undergraduate students to assist with these events.

Advance booking is required to guarantee your place. Suitable for 14+ years.

To book your place please visit:

Copyright © University Centre Peterborough. All rights reserved. Site by i3MEDIA