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Liz Berry - Poetry

 
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About Liz

Liz Berry was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. Her first book of poems, Black Country (Chatto 2014), described as a ‘sooty, soaring hymn to her native West Midlands’ (Guardian) 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 (Chatto, 2018) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet choice and the title poem won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018. Liz is a patron of Writing West Midlands and works as a tutor for organisations including the Arvon Foundation and The Poetry School. 

Twitter: @MissLizBerry

 

Black Country

Forward Prize for Best First Collection Winner 2014   


Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award Winner 2015    


Somerset Maugham Award Winner     


Poetry Book Society Recommendation


Chosen as a Book of the Year by The Guardian, Big Issue, The Telegraph, The Mail and The Morning Star

In Black Country, Liz Berry takes flight: to Wrens Nest, Gosty Hill, Tipton-on-Cut; to the places of home. The poems move from the magic of childhood – bostin fittle at Nanny’s, summers before school – into deeper, darker territory: sensual love, enchanted weddings, and the promise of new life.

In Berry’s hands, the ordinary is transformed: her characters shift shapes, her eye is unusual, her ear attuned to the sounds of the Black Country, with ‘vowels ferrous as nails, consonants / you could lick the coal from.’ Ablaze with energy and full of the rich dialect of the West Midlands, this is an incandescent debut from a poet of dazzling talent and verve.

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The Republic of Motherhood

Winner of the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018


Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice Winter 2018

                                  

In this bold and resonant gathering of poems, Liz Berry turns her distinctive voice to the transformative experience of new motherhood. Her poems sing the body electric, from the joy and anguish of becoming a mother, through its darkest hours to its brightest days. With honesty and unabashed beauty, they bear witness to that most tender of times – when a new life arrives, and everything changes.

 
 

Readings and Workshops


Saturday 21st March - Reading and workshop, Teignmouth Poetry Festival


Saturday 28th March - Try A Little Tenderness Workshop, The Poetry School, London

Tuesday 31st March - Newman University, Birmingham


Wednesday 22nd April - Leaving The City: Poets on TressHayward Gallery, London

Saturday 9th May - Transformative Poetry workshop, Pen Museum, Birmingham

Thursday 14th May - Bright Smoke, The Other Place, Stratford Upon Avon

Saturday 16th May - Winchester

Monday 18th - Saturday 23rd May - Poetry course, Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank with Niall Campbell 

Saturday 13th June - Stratford Upon Avon Poetry Festival

 
 
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