Deryn Rees-Jones

Deryn Rees-Jones was educated at the University of Wales, Bangor, and Birkbeck College, London. She lives in Liverpool, lecturing in the University. She is an Eric Gregory Award winner, and The Memory Tray  (Seren, 1995) was shortlisted for a Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection. In 1996 she received an Arts Council of England Writer’s Award. Her collection of work includes: Signs Round A Dead Body (Seren, 1998), Quiver (Seren, 2004), Consorting With Angels (Bloodaxe, 2005), Modern Women Poets (Bloodaxe, 2005), And You, Helen (Seren, 2014), a meditation of Helen and Edward Thomas, illustrated by Charlotte Hodes. In 2010 she recieved a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors. Deryn's poetry collection Burying the Wren was on the 2012 TS Eliot Prize shortlist, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and a Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year. Her collection What It's Like to be Alive: Selected Poems (Seren, 2016) is a mid-career milestone of this highly acclaimed writer. 

Deryn Rees-Jnes is Professor of Poetry at Liverpool University, and editor at the poetry publisher Pavilion, part of Liverpool University Press.

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Author Events

Sunday 23rd February, 18:00
Birmingham

The final headline event of the festival brings three vital poets together to read and talk about their work. Jonathan Edwards‘ latest collection, Gen (Seren, 2018), follows his acclaimed and Costa Book Award for Poetry winning My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren 2014). Deryn Rees-Jones‘ latest collection Erato (Seren, 2019) is shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Award and follows her recent selected poems, What It’s Like to be Alive (Seren 2014). Mimi Khalvait‘s latest collection, Afterwardsness (Carcanet, 2019) follows previous gems such as The Meanest Flower, Child and The Weather Wheel, all...

Saturday 25th January, 20:00
Mold

A reading from two of Wales’ finest poets. Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales 2008-2016 and Deryn Rees-Jones, a poet, editor and literary critic. Deryn has published eight collections of poems for Seren. Her selected poems, What It’s Like to Be Alive, was published in 2016 and was a PBS Special Commendation. Her latest collection, Erato, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, was published earlier this year and has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Literary Prize. Price: £10 (£12 on the door). For further information and to book visit: www.theatrclwyd.com

Sunday 12th January, 19:00
London

We are delighted that Deryn Rees-Jones' latest collection Erato (Seren 2019)  is shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize! Named after the Greek muse of lyric poetry, Erato combines documentary-style prose narratives with the passionate lyric poetry for which Rees-Jones is renowned.The themes within the collection are manifold but particularly focus on personal loss, desire and recovery, in the context of a world in which wars and displacement of people has become a terrifying norm.  Don't miss this opportunity to hear Deryn and the other  poets on the shortlist reading from their own work, on...