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BISHOPSGATE INSTITUTE APPOINTS FIRST EVER POET IN RESIDENCE | 17-Apr-08

BISHOPSGATE INSTITUTE APPOINTS FIRST EVER POET IN RESIDENCE

 

Writer, editor and promoter Tom Chivers has been appointed the first ever Poet in Residence at Bishopsgate Institute. For a young writer living and working in East London, this is a fitting collaboration with an organisation that has been central to the cultural life of the area for over a century.

 

Throughout April 2008 Tom will spend time in the archives of Bishopsgate Library, digging up hidden stories and investigating the Institute's history and relevance for the East End. He will  explore the nooks and crannies of Bishopsgate Institute's 19th century building, and speak to staff and visitors to find out what the Institute means to them. Tom is keeping a regular blog at http://thisisyogic.wordpress.com and will produce a series of poems that interrogate the personal and social histories that have shaped both Bishopsgate Institute and its locale.

 

Tom's new poems will be premiered at Visions of the City, a mini-series of literary events at Bishopsgate Institute, where he will also introduce readings by some of London's most exciting poets.

 

Tom Chivers 020 7375 0258

info@pennedinthemargins.co.uk

 

 

ABOUT TOM CHIVERS

Tom Chivers was born in 1983, grew up in South London and was educated at Oxford University. He lives in the East End of London. His poetry has been published in numerous magazines, including The London Magazine, Stride and Babylon Burning: 9/11 Five Years On, has been broadcast on BBC London, LBC and Resonance FM, and even translated into Serbian. He is Associate Editor of literary journal Tears in the Fence and works as a live literature producer. Tom is responsible for Penned in the Margins, Generation Txt and the popular London Word Festival.

 

ABOUT BISHOPSGATE INSTITUTE

Bishopsgate Institute is a cultural institute based in an impressive Grade II listed building in of London's most dynamic areas, just two minutes walk from Liverpool Street station and Spitalfields Market. Since 1895 Bishopsgate Institute has provided an independent meeting place for people with shared interests to learn about a vast array of subjects. Infinite numbers of people have come to our building over the years to further their own learning in an enjoyable way, free from the pressures of work or formal environments. Enjoyable learning remains at the core of our mission.

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