Join Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre and Granta to hear readings from Sylvia Legris and Mary Jean Chan, introduced by Rachael Allen.
Sylvia Legris, a poet whose 'work crackles with exuberant wackiness' (CBC/Radio-Canada), was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is the author of the poetry collections The Hideous Hidden, Pneumatic Antiphonal, and Nerve Squall (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize and Pat Lowther Award). Sylvia Legris lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her new collection, Garden Physic, will be published by Granta in April 2022.
Mary Jean Chan is a poet, lecturer and editor from Hong Kong. Her debut poetry collection, Flèche (Faber & Faber), won the 2019 Costa Book Award for Poetry. Mary Jean has twice been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, and is the recipient of a 2019 Eric Gregory Award and the 2018 Poetry Society Geoffrey Dearmer Prize. She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University.
Rachael Allen was born in Cornwall and studied at Goldsmiths College. She is the co-author of Jolene, a book of poems and photographs with Guy Gormley, and Nights of Poor Sleep, a book of poems and paintings with Marie Jacotey. Rachael has received a Northern Writers’ Award and an Eric Gregory Award, and was made a Faber New Poet in 2014. She is poetry editor at Granta and co-founder of the poetry press clinic and online journal tender.