DIAL-A-POEM: Raquel Lanseros, Andrew McMillan, Rishi Dastidar, Chrissy Williams
Support: John Rogers & Rose Brennan
Chaired by Sarah Jackson
Celebrating the AHRC-funded Dial-a-Poem app, with readings from several of the featured poets. Raquel Lanseros is one of the most awarded and recognised voices of contemporary poetry in Spanish. Her Matria (2018) was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award in Spain in 2019. Andrew McMillan’s debut collection physical (2015) won the Guardian First Book Award, among others. His second, playtime (2018), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. He is a Senior Lecturer at MMU. Rishi Dastidar’s debut collection Ticker-Tape was published by Nine Arches in 2018. He is a consulting editor at The Rialto and serves as a chair of the writer development organisation Spread the Word. Chrissy Williams’ first collection, Bear, (Bloodaxe, 2017), was one of the Telegraph’s 50 Best Books of the Year. She is editor of the online journal Perverse and recently edited the UK’s first book on poetry comics.
They will be supported by Rose Brennan, currently in her first year at the University of Birmingham studying the History of Art and French, and John Rogers, who completed his MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University in 2020. Rose was awarded first prize in the national Dial-a-Poem competition, and John Rogers won the NTU prize.