One of the most intelligent and original English poets since Auden, Glyn Maxwell has the knack of combining ordinary speech with extraordinary mastery of complex forms which speak directly from the heart. In 1994, he was selected as one of the UK's New Generation poets. Since then his work has increasingly straddled British and American life with a restless energy that turns verse to the purpose of storytelling, theatre and song. A prolific writer, his collections regularly feature on the shortlists of major poetry prizes. His recent work includes The Sugar Mile, a ‘choreography of voices' which juxtaposes London in the Blitz with New York immediately prior to 9/11. Most recently, Hide Now, stares as unblinkingly as Cassandra at present and impending disasters, forcing us to face the things we cannot hide from. Maxwell has won the Gregory, Maugham, Forster and Faber Memorial awards, and was until recently poetry editor of The New Republic. Join him in conversation with Fergus Barrowman. (dakvid)
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