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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Caribbean poet heads to lakes

AN internationally-renowned poet is to read from his new collection at the Lake District’s premier poetry night.

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Kei Miller

Jamaican-born Kei Miller will be at The Daffodil Hotel in Grasmere tomorrow night along with one of the UK’s best young performers.

Miller is rapidly developing a reputation as one of the best readers of poetry around.

He returns to the Wordsworth Trust to read from his new collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, which draws on his experience of living in different nations, and explores what happens when one system of knowledge encounters another.

His poetry has been shortlisted for awards such as the Jonathan Llewelyn Ryhs Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year.

With an MA in creative writing, his fiction has also been shortlisted for the Phyllis Wheatley Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First book and has won the Una Marson Prize.

Alongside him appears Liz Berry, who has rapidly developed a reputation as one of the best in the business. She grew up in the Black Country and the spoken language, as well as the experience of living there, has informed much of her work.

Her first reading in Grasmere marks the publication of her debut full-length collection by Chatto.

The event starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available in advance from the Wordsworth Trust.

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