Time to Read and Oldham Libraries are thrilled to host Martina Evans and Michael Schmidt in conversation, as one of eleven literature events for the New Words Festival. Book your place – tickets are available now.
Martina Evans is an Irish poet, novelist and teacher. She grew up in County Cork in a country pub, shop and petrol station and is the youngest of ten children. She is the author of eleven books of prose and poetry and three novels. Martina has won many awards.
Her most recent collection, Now We Can Talk Openly About Men, is a sequence of narrative poems in the form of monologues by two women at the time of the Irish War of Independence and the subsequent Irish Civil War. “The description ‘compulsive reading’ rarely applies to a poetry collection, no matter how well written, so it’s a welcome surprise to find a book that’s hard to put down until every poem is read.” Adele Ward
Now We Can Talk Openly About Men featured in the Times Literary Supplement, Observer and Irish Times Books of the Year. It is available to buy from the Carcanet website: carcanet.co.uk/
Michael Schmidt FRSL, poet, scholar, critic and translator, was born in Mexico in 1947; he studied at Harvard and at Wadham College, Oxford, before settling in England. Among his many publications are several collections of poems and a novel, The Colonist (1981), about a boy’s childhood in Mexico. He is general editor of PN Review and founder as well as managing director of Carcanet Press.
The New Words Festival is made possible through public funding from Arts Council England.