Fri 6 October
This event takes place at the Richard Jefferies Museum, Marlborough Road, Coate, Swindon SN3 6AA
In 2016, The Poetry School and Nine Arches Press launched their nationwide Primers scheme for a second time, in search of exciting new voices in poetry, with Jacob Sam-La Rose and Jane Commane as selecting editors. After reading through hundreds of anonymous entries, and narrowing down the choices from longlist to shortlist, three poets emerged as clear choices: Ben Bransfield, Cynthia Miller and Marvin Thompson.
Ben Bransfield was born in Shropshire in 1987 and now lives in London, where he works as a teacher. He read English at Brasenose College, Oxford, and received an MA from the Shakespeare Institute. His poems have appeared in publications including The North, Obsessed with Pipework, Ash, and have been placed in the Wenlock and Peterloo competitions. He was named a Teacher Trailblazer by the Poetry Society in 2015.
Cynthia Miller is a Malaysian-American poet and brand strategist living in Birmingham. She has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and her poetry has appeared in Under the Radar and The Emma Press Anthology of Love. When not writing poetry, she loves organising creative events that bring poetry to wider audiences in the city. As Co-Director of Verve, Birmingham’s inaugural poetry and spoken word festival, she brings the festival to life through lively branding and marketing. She is also currently part of Room 204, Writing West Midlands’ creative development programme for emerging writers.
Marvin Thompson has followed his family’s tradition of migration (his parents were born in Kingston, Jamaica) by moving from London to mountainous South Wales. As a child, he was read Anansi stories and 1984. Without these literary experiences, he may never have developed a love for narrative that led him to study an MA in Creative Writing. His poems and sequences have appeared in a number of magazines. These include Poetry Wales, Wasafiri and Poetry Review. Influences such as Howard Hodgkin, James Baldwin and John Coltrane attest to his interest in a wide range of art forms.
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