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WordPlay Summer Special Ft. Andrew McMillan, Professor Michael Symmons Roberts & Mark Pajak

Mon 30 Jul, 7:45pm at Copper Auditorium

Tickets: £10 , approx running time: 120mins (including interval)

Join us for a very special WordPlay evening featuring award-winning Cape poets Andrew McMillan and Professor Michael Symmons Roberts plus former Laureate’s Choice poet Mark Pajak. Both Andrew and Michael will be reading from their latest Cape collections and the ticket price will include a glass of wine and refreshments, celebrating the last WordPlay of the summer. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Andrew McMillan

Andrew McMillan was born in South Yorkshire in 1988; his debut collection physical was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. The collection also won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, a Somerset Maugham Award (2016), an Eric Gregory Award (2016) and a Northern Writers’ award (2014). It was shortlisted the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Costa Poetry Award,  The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2016, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Polari First Book Prize. It was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2015.  Most recently physical has been translated into Norwegian (Aschehoug, 2017) and a bi-lingual French edition is due from Grasset in 2018. His second collection, playtime, will be published by Jonathan Cape in August 2018. He is senior lecturer at the Manchester Writing School at MMU and lives in Manchester.

Michael Symmons Roberts

Michael Symmons Roberts has won the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award, and been shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. He has received major awards from the Arts Council and the Society of Authors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and of the English Association. He is Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. Michael’s latest collection, published by Cape, is Mancunia.

Mark Pajak

Mark Pajak’s work has appeared in The London Review of BooksPoetry LondonThe NorthThe Rialto and Magma. He has been commended in the National Poetry Competition, awarded first place in The Bridport Prize and has also received a Northern Writers’ Award, an Eric Gregory Award and an UNESCO international writing residency. His first pamphlet, Spitting Distance, was selected by Carol Ann Duffy as a Laureate’s Choice and is published with smith|doorstop.

Featuring established and emerging artists, WordPlay brings the best on the block to Halifax, and celebrates the finest local talent, too, with open mic spots available on the night. For more information email wordplay@squarechapel.co.uk.