Niall Campbell Readings

Niall Campbell Readings


Leeds-based Scottish poet Niall Campbell, whose debut Moontide won both the Saltire First Book of the Year Award and the inaugural £20,000 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, launched his second collection Noctuary with a series of readings in England and Scotland. He read at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 11 August 2019, and a workshop on his poetry will be held there on 21 August led by Samuel Tongue.

Noctuary is a lyrical collection poems about young fatherhood and the small hours. Written from Niall Campbell’s new home in Leeds, the poems nevertheless draw on the seascapes, myths and wildlife of South Uist, where he grew up. In this noctuary, a diary for the late hours, poems record moments of beauty and tenderness to be found in those broken nights when caring for a young son.

Noctuary has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2019, as has fellow Bloodaxe poet Vidyan Ravinthiran's second collection The Million-petalled Flower of Being Here



Wed 21 Aug,  13:00 - 14:30 Writers' Retreat £15.00, £12.00

Nothing But the Poem on Niall Campbell

Reading Workshop

Niall Campbell is a multi award-winning Scottish poet originally from South Uist. His work explores the landscapes, myths and memories of the Outer Hebrides and the altered states of fatherhood. This workshop, led by Samuel Tongue from the Scottish Poetry Library, takes a close look at the voices and themes of Campbell's poetry. No experience necessary: everyone welcome and poems are provided.

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Thursday 26th September 2016 at Manchester Met, 6pm

Manchester Met, Number 70 Oxford Street, M1 5NH   

Forward Prizes for Poetry: Northern Preview

A special event, jointly supported by Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met and the Forward Arts Foundation, ahead of this year's Forward Prizes Ceremony.  With readings by the poets shortlisted for the Best Collection Prize, including Bloodaxe's Niall Campbell and Vidyan Ravinthiran.

Entry: Free - but booking essential.

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The Forward Prizes for Poetry Ceremony, Sunday 20 October 2019, 7pm

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London

The best poetry being published in the British Isles today is recognised at this ceremony, hosted by jury chair Shahidha Bari and poet Andrew McMillan.

Featuring readings from the 15 shortlisted poets shortlisted for Forward Prizes.  Bloodaxe's Niall Campbell and Vidyan Ravinthiran will read from their second collections, which have both been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection.

This year's judges, Shahidha Bari, Jamie Andrews, Tara Bergin, Andrew McMillan and Carol Rumens, read over 200 poetry collections and 180 single poems to find the most exciting poetry published across the UK and Ireland.

Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Woodstock Poetry Festival, Saturday 16 November 2019, 5.30 pm

The Woodstock Bookshop, 23 Oxford Street, Woodstock, Oxon  OX20 1TH

Niall Campbell and Vidyan Ravinthiran will be reading together at Woodstock Poetry Festival.  Their second collections have both been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. 

Tickets £10

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Irish poet Jane Clarke will be over from Ireland to read from her newly-published second collection at 8.30pm on 16 November.


Noctuary reviews & poem features at:

[20 August 2019]

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