Bristol Poetry Institute Annual Reading 2018: Alice Oswald
The Bristol Poetry Institute's Annual Reading 2018 will be given by the poet Alice Oswald. The reading will take place on Thursday 29 November 2018. Venue and start/end times will be confirmed shortly but please do save the date.
Alice Oswald was trained as a classicist at New College, University of Oxford. Her first collection of poetry, The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile (1996), received a Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection. Oswald often works in book-length projects and is known for her interests in gardening, ecology, and music. Her second book, Dart (2002), was the outcome of years of primary and secondary research into the history, environment, and community along the River Dart in Devon, England. Oswald’s other collections of poetry include Woods, etc. (2005), winner of a Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize; Weeds and Wild Flowers (2009), illustrated by Jessica Greenman; A Sleepwalk on the Severn (2009); and Memorial (2011), a reworking of Homer’s Iliad that has received high critical praise for its innovative approach and stunning imagery, which won the 2013 Warwick Prize for writing. Oswald was the first poet to win the prize. Her latest book is Falling Awake (2016). In 2017, Oswald succeeded Daljit Nagra as BBC Radio 4's Poet-in-Residence.
Oswald’s many honors and awards include an Eric Gregory Award, an Arts Foundation Award for Poetry, a Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, the T. S. Eliot Prize, and a Ted Hughes Award. She lives in Devon with her husband and three children.