Sunday 25th - 19.30
Sue Leigh's second collection of poems, Her Orchards, has recently been published by Two Rivers Press. Her first book, Chosen Hill, was described by the TLS as ‘an intelligent and considered collection that pays homage to the act of paying attention’. She also has a pamphlet, Chalk, due out shortly. Her work has been published in magazines and journals including The Spectator and the TLS. She lives in the Windrush valley and spends much time walking. Fiona Sampson was born in London and trained as a violinist. Her early musical studies and professional career as a musician in Europe influenced her editing and writing. She studied at Oxford University and received a PhD in the philosophy of language from Nijmegen University in the Netherlands. Her poetry collections include Come Down (2020); Rough Music (2010); Common Prayer (2007); The Distance Between Us (2005), a novel in verse; and Folding the Real (2001). Common Prayer and Rough Music were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, and Rough Music was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize. Sampson has received the Newdigate Prize and the Cholmondeley Award and in 2011 was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.