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Creative Writing Reading Series – Simon Smith


As part of the Autumn Term Creative Writing Reading Series

University of Kent Paris School of Arts and Culture

Proudly presents the Paris launch of


Thursday 6 October 2016

6.30pm at Reid Hall,  in the Maison Verte

4 rue de Chevreuse, Montparnasse, Paris 75006 (métro: Vavin)

In a writing career that began in the early 1980s, Simon Smith has published a dozen pamphlets and collections of poetry, reviewed and written essays for Poetry Review, PN Review, fragmente, Stand and Blackbox Manifold among other periodicals, and translated the work of Catullus, Martial and Reverdy. This selection of his work covers the period 1989-2012, and is edited by the poet and art critic Barry Schwabsky. There are generous selections from Fifteen Exits, Reverdy Road, Mercury and London Bridge, alongside unavailable early work, and previously unpublished poetry from the sequences, More Ammo and Content. On first receiving Reverdy Road Schwabsky recalls: ‘It was a revelation: resembling nothing I was familiar with in American poetry despite name-checking Jack Spicer and clear affinities with the New York School’s love of speed, wit, and variousness of tone, it had a music I could tune right into, something very much its own though it has also helped me, I think, hear my way into the work of some of Smith’s British contemporaries’.

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Creative Writing Reading Series – Autumn 2016

University of Kent Paris School of Arts and Culture is excited to announce our Creative Writing Reading Series for the Autumn Term!

All readings are at 6.30pm at Reid Hall,

4 rue de Chevreuse, Montparnasse, Paris 75006 (métro: Vavin)

Simon Smith                         Thursday 6 October              Maison verte

Simon Smith in the Paris launch of his new work: ‘More Flowers Than You Could Possibly Carry: Selected Poems 1989 – 2012’, edited by poet and art critic Barry Schwabsky.

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David Herd                           Thursday 20 October            Salle de conférence

Poet, critic and teacher, David Herd’s works include ‘All Just’ (2012), ‘Outwith’ (2012). He will be reading from his latest work ‘Through’, published by Carcanet in 2016, which addresses the language that surrounds the reception of people seeking asylum in the UK.

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Jon Thompson                     Thursday 17 November       Grande salle

Professor of English at North Carolina State University, Jon Thompson is a poet, critic and editor with a particular interest in Twentieth Century and Contemporary American and British Literature. He will be reading from his latest poetry collection ‘Strange Country’ (2016).

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Ali Smith                               Thursday 1 December       Salle de conférence 

***CANCELLED*** Unfortunately this event has had to be cancelled. We look forward to seeing you at our Spring term series in 2017

Ali Smith is an award-winning Scottish novelist and Man Booker Prize nominee. Her latest works include novels ‘Autumn’ (2016), ‘How to be Both’ (2015), and short story collections ‘Public Library and Other Stories’ (2016) and ‘The Whole Story and Other Stories’ (2015).