1. Priscila Uppal

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    Canada’s Priscila Uppal has gained an international reputation for her boldly provocative poetry in just a dozen years, since publishing her first collection, How to Draw Blood from a Stone, at the age of 23. Noted for their startling imagery, unforgettable characters and visionary lines, her poems are exact and penetrating, yet surreal and deeply moving. Drawing from the scientific to the literary, the medical to the historical, Uppal is as concerned about the inheritance of the past as she is about the tragedies of the present, which makes her both a witness of the terrors and inconsistencies of the past and a messenger of an incomprehensible future. Here she reads from Successful Tragedies: Poems 1998-2010 (Bloodaxe Books, 2010), the first UK edition of her poetry, which includes work from six books published in Canada, including Ontological Necessities, which was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2007, and her recent collection, Traumatology, as well as talking about her work, surrealism and Canadian poetry. Pamela Robertson-Pearce filmed her in Newcastle upon Tyne before her reading for Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts on 22 April 2013. Here she reads five poems: 'If Abraham', 'Sex with Columbus', 'Sorry, I Forgot to Clean Up After Myself', 'The Old Debate of Don Quixote vs. Sancho Panza' and 'My Mother Is One Crazy Bitch'. The poems were first published in Canada by Exile Editions. For more details of Priscila Uppal's Successful Tragedies see http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/titlepage.asp?isbn=1852248602

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    • Naomi Alderman reads from 'The Lessons'

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      Location: Culture Lab, Newcastle University Time/Date: 4th November 2010, 19:00 http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla/archive/events/item/naomi-alderman-and-emily-woof

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      • Emily Woof reads from 'The Whole Wide Beauty'

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        Location: Culture Lab, Newcastle University Time/Date: 4th November 2010, 19:00 http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla/archive/events/item/naomi-alderman-and-emily-woof

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        • Laura Fish reading from her novel, Strange Music

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          From an event for the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

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          • Grace Nichols: I Have Crossed an Ocean

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            Grace Nichols reads two poems, 'Hurricane Hits England' (included on the GCSE English syllabus' and a poem for children (and cats), 'Cat-Rap'. This is an excerpt from a film made by Pamela Robertson-Pearce of Grace Nichols' reading Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts on 27 October 2009, which also included 'Weeping Woman', her poem in the voice of Picasso's muse Dora Maar, posted separately on Vimeo at www.vimeo.com/11985768. These two poems are from her latest book, I HAVE CROSSED AN OCEAN: SELECTED POEMS (Bloodaxe Books, 2009). This film is posted by permission of the author and her publisher.

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