Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival

Sarah Howe and Nick Laird

introduced by Alice Lyons

Date: Saturday March 25th
Venue: dlr LexIcon, The Studio
Time: 4.30pm
Cost: €12 / €10 Concession
Age: Adults

Sarah Howe is a British poet, academic and editor. Her first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times / PFD Young Writer of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

Born in Hong Kong in 1983 to an English father and Chinese mother, she moved to England as a child. Her pamphlet, A Certain Chinese Encyclopedia (Tall-lighthouse, 2009), won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. She is the founding editor of Prac Crit, an online journal of poetry and criticism. She is currently a Leverhulme Fellow in English at University College London.

Nick Laird, born in County Tyrone in 1975, has won numerous awards for his fiction and poetry, including the Betty Trask prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, a Somerset Maugham award, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and the Ireland Chair of Poetry Prize. The New Yorker said of his latest collection Go Giants (Faber, 2015) that “the range of these scrupulous poems suggests there is little in form or content that Laird cannot master.”

An anthology, The Zoo of the New, edited with Don Paterson was published in March 2017 by Penguin, a novel, Modern Gods, is forthcoming in August 2017, and a new collection of poetry, Glitch, appears from Faber in Spring 2018. He is a 2016 Guggenheim fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.