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David Constantine & Kwame Dawes (moderated by Matthew Geden)

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David Constantine has published a dozen volumes of poetry (most recently, in 2020, Belongings); also two novels and five collections of short stories, the most recent of these being The Dressing-up Box, 2019. His Tea at the Midland (2012) won the Frank O’ Connor International Short Story Award. He is an editor and translator of Hölderlin, Goethe, Kleist and Brecht. In 2020 he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Buy Belongings from Bloodaxe Books.

Kwame Dawes is the author of twenty books of poetry and numerous other books of fiction, criticism, and essays. In 2016 his book, Speak from Here to There, a co-written collection of verse with Australian poet John Kinsella appeared. This was followed by City of Bones: A Testament (Northwestern University Press, 2017). He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and teaches at the University of Nebraska and the Pacific MFA Program. He is Director of the African Poetry Book Fund and Artistic Director of the Calabash International Literary Festival. Often called 'the busiest man in literature', Kwame celebrated the publication of eight new books in 2016-2017. Buy Nebraska from University of Nebraska Press and visit the poet's website.

Matthew Geden (moderator) is a poet living in Kinsale, County Cork since 1990. Since that time his poetry, essays, reviews and interviews have been published in numerous magazines, newspapers, journals and anthologies. His collections include The Place Inside (Dedalus Press, 2012) and Fruit (SurVision Books, 2020). In November 2019 he was Writer in Residence at Nanjing Literature Centre, China. He is currently Writer in Residence for Cork County Library and Arts Service. Buy Fruit from SurVision Books.

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