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Book Launch | A Census of Preconceptions by award-winning poet Oz Hardwick
Wednesday 31 May 2023 at 4.30pm
Chapel Allerton Library, 106 Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS7 4LZ
The book launch offers insightful talks on reading/re-reading/interpreting/re-interpreting 'a dangerously witty, uncanny masterpiece' and the book dubbed as 'a triumph of language and imagination' by an award-winning poet Oz Hardwick, where 'Hardwick explores the language's possibilities in lyric gestures that repeatedly break-free from lyric norms'. Prominent academics that include Dr Anne Caldwell and Dr Edwin Stockdale and poet Ian Duhig will talk on the book while the poet himself and performance poets Shree Ganguly, Jon Erik Schelander and a few more will read Hardwick's poems from the book.
Oz Hardwick (www.ozhardwick.co.uk) is a European poet, photographer, occasional musician, and accidental academic, who has been described as a “major proponent of the neo-surreal prose poem in Britain.” He has published “about a dozen” full collections and chapbooks, including Learning to Have Lost (Canberra: IPSI, 2018) which won the 2019 Rubery International Book Award for poetry, and most recently A Census of Preconceptions (SurVision Books, 2022). He has also edited or co-edited several anthologies, including The Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry (Scarborough: Valley Press, 2019) with Anne Caldwell. Oz has held residencies in the UK, Europe, the US and Australia, and has performed internationally at major festivals and intimate soirees. In 2022, he was awarded the ARC Poetry Prize for “a lifetime devotion and service to the cause of prose poetry,” though he is quick to point out that he’s not dead yet. Oz is Professor of Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University.
Venue: From May 31, 2023 to May 31, 2023 in Chapel Allerton Library, Leeds