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Michael Symmons Roberts at Poetry Review spring issue launch.

04 Apr 2008

2004 Whitbread Poetry Award winner joins bill for FREE event on 14 April.

Poet, fiction-writer and broadcaster Michael Symmons Roberts has joined the bill of our FREE launch event for the spring issue of Poetry Review at 6.30 on Monday 14 April.

The writer won the 2004 Whitbread Poetry Award for his fourth book of poetry, Corpus, and has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize for best collection, and the Griffin International Prize. He has also received the Society of Authors' Gregory Award and the K. Blundell Trust Award, and was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize for his 2001 collection Burning Babylon.

His first novel, Patrick's Alphabet, appeared in 2006, and his latest, Breath, has just been published.  It has been described by the Telegraph as "inventive in its form and often profound in its poetry." 

Michael teaches at Manchester Metropolitan University's Writing School, has worked as a documentary producer/director for the BBC, and writes extensively for radio and television.  His collaborations with composer James MacMillan have also led to two BBC Proms choral commissions, a song cycle and an opera for the Welsh National Opera.

To book your free ticket for this event, which also features Fiona Sampson, Michael Murphy and Sarah Corbett, please contact the Martin Harris Centre box office, on 0161 275 8951 or HYPERLINK "mailto:boxoffice@manchester.ac.uk" boxoffice@manchester.ac.uk.  Please note that admittance will not be possible without a ticket.