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Michael Symmons Roberts

posted 28 Jan 2014 10:29 by Anthony Wright   [ updated 3 Apr 2014 11:39 ]
Saturday 29th March 2014, 7.30pm.  Tickets £9, book here  

Poet, novelist and documentary filmmaker, Michael Symmons Roberts has won the Whitbread Poetry Award
and been shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize. His new collection Drysalter won the Forward Prize, the Costa Award (2013) and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. 

He has received major awards from the Arts Council and the Society of Authors. His continuing collaboration with composer James MacMillan has led to two BBC Proms choral commissions, song cycles, music theatre works and operas for the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and Welsh National Opera. Their WNO commission – ‘The Sacrifice’ – won the RPS Award for opera, and their Royal Opera House / Scottish Opera commission, 'Clemency', was nominated for an Olivier Award. His broadcast work includes ‘A Fearful Symmetry’ for Radio 4, which won the Sandford St Martin Prize, and ‘Last Words’ commissioned by Radio 4 to mark the first anniversary of 9/11. Edgelands written with Paul Farley was awarded the Jerwood Prize for Non-Fiction in 2010. He has published two novels, and is Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University.