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

Monday 4th November, 00:00 to Saturday 9th November, 00:00
Hebden Bridge

Deryn Rees-Jones, Sasha Dugdale and Mark Ford are the tutors on this course for experienced poets who wish to advance their writing through the careful reading of other poets’ work. Over the week you will be exposed to a wide range of international and British work and we’ll look together at how you can use this work to develop your own poetics, themes and concerns. There will also be opportunities to focus on assembling a volume for publication and the final editing processes. The course is held in the wonderful setting of Lumb Bank. The house stands in 20 acres of steep woodland and has a...

Thursday 5th September, 09:00 to Friday 6th September, 17:00
London

Deryn Rees-Jones is among the speakers at this conference which takes place at the close of the first, historic, UK Poet Laureateship held by a woman, the contemporary British poet, Carol Ann Duffy.  It evaluates forty-five years of Duffys' literary work in the light of ten years of her public engagement with the people of the United Kingdom and the world as the country’s literary figurehead. Deryn has just published her fifth poetry collection, Erato (Seren 2019) which is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. For further information about the conference and to book visit: www....

Monday 19th August, 21:16 to Saturday 24th August, 21:16
Cricieth

Led by Deryn Rees-Jones and Katrina Naomi, This course will draw on a range of examples from contemporary poetry that could assist us to develop our own writing, as well as consider various ways in which we might respond to political circumstance, both with reference to the wider world and with issues that affect us directly. As we address the ongoing challenges of continuing to develop our personal poetics there will also be opportunities to think about the processes involved in assembling poetic sequences and gathering poems into a full-length collection. Deryn Rees-Jones is a poet, editor...

Sunday 21st July, 15:00
Dublin

Rowan Tree Readings in association with Books Upstairs is delighted to host a poetry reading with three outstanding poets, Deryn Rees-Jones, Tess Gallagher, Nessa O’Mahony. Deryn will be reading from her fifth collection Erato, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Named after the muse of love and lyric poetry, Erato combines documentary-style prose narratives with poems to explore the relationship between the private and the public. For further information visit: www.facebook.com/notes/rowan-tree-readings

Thursday 27th June, 18:00
Liverpool

Open Eye Gallery is delighted to host Deryn Rees-Jones’ launch of her fifth poetry collection, Erato (Seren 2019) , a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Named after the muse of love and lyric poetry, Erato combines documentary-style prose narratives with poems to explore the relationship between the private and the public, and the role of poetry in an increasingly hostile world. Refreshments will be available throughout with a book signing and musical performance by Alex Costello on double bass. Admission is free and all are welcome. For further information visit: www.openeye.org.uk