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



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.

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Poetry in Aldeburgh Festival, Friday 8th- Sunday 10th November 2019


Saturday 9 November 2019,   10 - 11am    PETER PEARS GALLERY

Helen Calcutt, Niall Campbell, Patricia Debney, Alison Winch

Niall Campbell reads from the Forward Prize-nominated Noctuary, his much-awaited second collection that explores five years of fatherhood. UEA lecturer Alison Winch reads candid, contemporary and comic poems from her debut collection Darling, It’s Me, which Clare Pollard described as ‘one of the cleverest, filthiest, most incendiary debuts I’ve ever read’. As the Huffington Post said, Helen Calcutt’s Unable Mother reads like the diary of a close friend, a letter to myself, or the delicate and kaleidoscopic thoughts of the many women’ who have given birth. Patricia Debney has probed many aspects of family life in her three collections, the most recent of which, Baby, ‘deftly fractures narrative, lines, and syntax to evoke a daughter’s struggle with an unstable mother’ (Carrie Etter).


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Poetry in Aldeburgh Festival, Friday 8th- Sunday 10th November 2019

Niall Campbell will also be taking part in an event remembering the late Helen Dunmore, and will be taking part in the Wild Court Magazine Showcase on Friday at 3.30 pm (free) at the Peter Pears Gallery.

SATURDAY     1 - 2pm                £8

Niall Campbell, Claire Dyer,  Pamela Johnson

A short lyric poem might evoke a longer story. How does this differ from other narrative forms? Close reading poems by consummate storyteller, Helen Dunmore, from the collected, Counting Backwards, Niall Campbell, Claire Dyer, Pamela Johnson, consider lyric as story.


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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. 

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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:

[11 September 2019]

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