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Live Q&A with Sean O’Brien: ‘The Poetry of History’

We’re ecstatically excited to announce that Sean O’Brien will be coming to CAMPUS this Spring to kick off a new season of Live Q&A’s and answer your questions.

Sean is one of the most prolific and important figures in British poetry over the last four decades, as well as being a highly acclaimed critic, journalist, editor, playwright, academic, novelist and anthologist. His Collected Poems was recently published by Picador.

Sean will be here to address the thorny and so often contentious issue of the relationship of politics and poetry, as well as how the past can inform the present in a poem and how our understanding of history changes in relation to time. He’ll also be answering any other questions you might have, from his influences to the hows and whys of writing poetry.

The Poetry of History, a Live Q&A with Sean O’Brien

Date: Friday 28 February 2014

Time: 3pm GMT

Places are limited, so if you’d like to join in this Live Q&A with Sean, and/or submit a question, please email [email protected].

If you don’t know Sean’s work, his Poetry Archive page is a good place to start:

There’s also a good interview with Sean about the politics of poetry on the Spectator blog:


Sean O’Brien is a poet, critic, playwright, broadcaster, anthologist and editor. He grew up in Hull and now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne; he is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. The Drowned Book won both the Forward Prize for best collection and the T S Eliot Prize. His most recent collection, November, was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award, the T S Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize.


(Note: If you’d just like to propose a question and can’t participate in the live chat itself, email [email protected]. We will do our best to fit your query in. The transcript from this live Q&A will be eventually published on this blog.)

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