Event 9

Deryn Rees-Jones: Erato

Saturday 15 February 2020

Temple of Peace


Deryn Rees-Jones reads from her new collection, Erato, nominated for this year’s T.S. Eliot Prize for Best Collection. Taking its title from the muse of lyric poetry, Deryn Rees-Jones’s fifth collection questions how we know and write about the beauty and the horrors of the world. Documentary-style autobiographical narratives are set alongside lyric fragments and poetic sequences as the repetitions of trauma and the errors and erasures of memory are explored. This is a book full of flames and scars, landscapes and animals; at its heart is a desire for the transformative music that runs beneath words, and an understanding of the bodies we inhabit when we love.  

‘Deryn Rees-Jones shows us that in the right hands lyric is the sharpest, subtlest and most devastating instrument we possess.’ 

– Sasha Dugdale 

£5, or £3 with concessions


Deryn Rees-Jones

Deryn Rees-Jones is the author of four previous collections of poetry, shortlisted variously for the Forward (first collection), T.S. Eliot and Roland Matthias prizes.

Her influential Bloodaxe anthology, Modern Women Poets (2005) brought together for the first time the work of over a hundred poets to reclaim a history of women’s poetry in the UK, Ireland and the U.S. She has written extensively on the work of twentieth century poets, most recently on the work of Elizabeth Bishop.

What It’s Like to Be Alive: Selected Poems was published by Seren in 2016, was a PBS Special Commendation, and her study of the artist Paula Rego will be published by Thames & Hudson this year. She is the editor of the new, and award-winning Pavilion Poetry, and teaches at the University of Liverpool where she is Professor of Poetry. Her new collection, Erato, is a PBS Recommendation and has been nominated for the T.S. Eliot Prize.

Sponsors and Support

This event is supported by Llenyddiaeth Cymru – Literature Wales