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Mick Imlah conference 10th December

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2010-11-17  |     | 


there's a conference on the 10th of December at Senate House on Mick Imlah's work, featuring among many highlights a talk from Days of Roses favourite Andre Naffis-Sahely, and RHUL MA daddy Andrew Motion, among others. There's also a free reading from Imlah's new Selected Poems from 6pm. See details below:

To commemorate the publication of Mick Imlah's Selected Poems (Faber & Faber), edited by Mark Ford and with an introduction by Alan Hollinghurst, the Institute of English Studies will be presenting on Friday December 10 at Senate House a one-day conference on the poetry of Mick Imlah (1957-2009).

The conference will be followed by a John Coffin Memorial Reading from Imlah's Selected Poems: participants will include Martin Amis, Andrew Motion, Alan Hollinghurst, Helen Simpson, John Fuller, Peter McDonald, Glyn Maxwell, Stephen Romer, Isabel Fonseca, Alan Jenkins, Bernard O'Donoghue and Mark Ford.

This reading, which begins at 6.00, is free, and will also be held in Senate House, (Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU). It will be followed by a drinks reception.

For further details please see poster attached - and please forward this email to any who might be interested in attending either conference or reading or both.

Further enquiries and registration to [email protected].

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Friday 10 December 2010

Institute of English Studies, University of London, Senate House

Mick Imlah in Venice in 1987. Photograph: Isabel Fonseca

Mick Imlah (1956 - 2009) was one of the most brilliant poets of his generation. He published just two collections, Birthmarks in 1988, and twenty years on, the long-awaited The Lost Leader, which won the Forward Prize, and was short-listed for the T.S. Eliot and Griffin prizes. Both volumes reveal a poetic sensibility that was wholly original: Imlah's poems are by turns lyrical, sardonic, hilarious, and unsettling; there is nothing quite like them in contemporary poetry.

This conference, timed to coincide with the publication of his Selected Poems (edited by Mark Ford and with an introduction by Alan Hollinghurst) will explore his life and work from a variety of angles. It will be followed by a reading of poems by or about Imlah by writers who knew and admired him, supported by the University of London's John Coffin Memorial Fund, by Faber, and by the Times Literary Supplement.

£35 Standard
£25 IES Members/Unwaged


10.00am Registration

10.30-11.30 Nick Everett – 'Mick Imlah's Forms'
John Morton – 'The Dead Are Not Dead But Alive!: Imlah and Tennyson'
Andre Naffis - 'Mick Imlah's Prose'

11.30 tea and coffee

12.00-1.00 Peter McDonald – 'Mick Imlah's Victorians: Life, Afterlife, and Succession'
John Lyon – 'Mick Imlah and Anachronism'
Mark Ford – 'Mick Imlah, John Fuller and "The Counties of England"'

1.00-2.00 lunch break

2.20-3.20 Andrew McNeillie - 'Keeping Accent'
Stephen Romer – 'Mick Imlah and James Thomson'
Alan Jenkins - Cockney or Panel Discussion – Two Title Poems: Birthmark and The Lost Leader
Paul Hamilton - 'Imlah's Diaspora'

3.20 tea and coffee

3.40-5.10 Adrian Tahourdin / Lindsay Duguid - 'Mick at Work and Play'
Bernard O'Donoghue – 'Sport and Postcards'
Helen Simpson – 'Hello, Mick! So how's the writing going?'
John Fuller - 'Imlah at Magdalen'
Jane Wellesley – Pictures and recordings

John Coffin Memorial Reading (open to the public, free of charge):
6.00-7.30pm Introduction by Paul Keegan (editor at Faber & Faber)
Recording of Mick Imlah reading 'Muck'
Mark Ford - 'Tusking'
John Fuller – 'Visiting St Anthony'
Alan Jenkins – 'Cockney'
Peter McDonald - 'Alpine'
Isabel Fonseca - 'Birthmark'
Martin Amis - 'Hall of Fame'
Jane Wellesley – 'The Ayrshire Orpheus'
Maren Meinhardt – 'Precious Little'
Iona Imlah – 'The Four Marys of Melrose'
Andrew McNeillie – 'London Scottish'
Glyn Maxwell – 'Past Caring'
Bernard O'Donoghue from 'Stephen Boyd'
Andrew Motion – from 'Stephen Boyd'
Alan Hollinghurst – from 'In Memoriam Alfred Lord Tennyson'
Stephen Romer – 'An Invitation'
Helen Simpson – Part III of 'Afterlives of the Poets'

7.30pm Drinks reception
The School of Advanced Study is part of the central University of London. The School takes its responsibility to visitors with special needs very seriously and will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments to its facilities in order to accommodate the needs of such visitors. If you have a particular requirement, please feel free to discuss it confidentially with the organiser in advance of the event taking place.

Enquiries: Jon Millington, Events Officer, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU; tel +44 (0) 207 664 4859; Email [email protected]

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