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Liz Berry’s Black Country, published by Chatto & Windus, is short-listed for the Forward prize for best first collection 2014 and is our next book for discussion on the 1st October at 7.30pm in the CCA, Saramago bar, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD.

Liz Berry was born in 1980 in the Black Country. She received an Eric Gregory Award, an Arvon-Jerwood Mentorship, and her pamphlet The Patron Saint of Schoolgirls was published by Tall-Lighthouse in 2010. Her work has appeared in Poetry Review and Poetry London and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In 2011, her poem ‘Birmingham Roller’ was commended in the National Poetry Competition and ‘Sow’ won second prize in the Poetry London competition. In 2012, ‘Bird’ received first prize in the Poetry London competition. She works as an infant school teacher and is the assistant poetry editor at Ambit magazine.

As usual discussion at book group is informal and anyone is welcome. Feel free to bring along other poetry books or zines you’ve been reading to discuss or swap. We plan to have another book group at the end of November and so get back on track with our bi-monthly meetings.

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