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Peter Riley Conference

‘Where horizons meet’: a one-day conference on Peter Riley 

14 January 2012 

Venue: The Keynes Library, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD,

Sponsored by Gylphi as part of the Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays book series (ed: Sarah 

Dillon, University of St Andrews)

Coffee: 9.30-10 am

Panel 1: Peter Riley and the British avant-garde (10 am-11 am) 

Ian Heames: Reading on: eisogesis and the politics of refusal in Peter Riley’s accounts of

contemporary difficulty

David Malcolm: Passing Measures? Peter Riley’s Poetics: Tradition and Avant Garde

Ian Brinton: Peter Riley as editor

Break: 11 am-11.15 

Panel 2: Peter Riley and transfer (11.15-12.15) 

Jamie Wilkes: ‘Limestone is the humanistic rock’: some limestone fantasies in the work of Adrian

Stokes and Peter Riley

Alex Latter: The prose-work of Tracks and Mineshafts

Wolfgang Görtschacher: On translating Peter Riley

Lunch 12.15-1 pm 

Panel 3: Peter Riley and landscape (1 pm-2 pm) 

George Ttouli: Depth of Field: the quest for meaning in Alstonefield: a poem

Amy Cutler: L/andedness ends (provisional)

Peter Larkin: The Terrain across Text: poems eliding/guiding poems (Small Square Plots)

Break: 2 pm-2.15

Roundtable discussion: 2.15-3.15 

Break: 3.15-3.30 

Readings: 3.30-5 pm

Poetry and Canapes

Regular Tears contributors, Sheila Hamilton and Melinda Lovell invite you to

Complete the festive season with a lively evening of

                                                    P O E T R Y   A N D   C A N A P E S

on         7.30 pm THURSDAY 5th JAN 2012



Nearest stations Ladbroke Grove and Latimer Rd

Tickets £5 at the door

Please, for catering purposes, let us know in advance if you will be joining us

R S V P to

Visuals by Hannah Lovell, Gill McEvoy also reading.

Poetry Competition on Climate Change for Adults and Children

Thanks to Emily Hinshelwood in our Facebook group for bringing this to our attention. We love the idea of a competition where adults and children can go head to head on the same subject!

Poetry Competition on Climate Change
for adults and children
Closing date: 31st March 2012
Judges: Carol Ann Duffy (English entries) & Elin ap Hywel (Welsh entries)

Prizes :
Adults: 1st £500; 2nd £100; 3rd £50
Children: 1st £50; 2nd £30; 3rd £20

Entry fee:
Adults: £3 per poem or 4 for £10
Children: £1 per poem or 4 for £3



Awel Aman Tawe Cystadleuaeth Farddoniaeth ar ‘Newid Hinsawdd’
i oedolion a phlant
Dyddiad cau: 31 Mawrth 2012
Beirniad: Carol Ann Duffy (Saesnet) & Elin ap Hywel (Cymraeg)

Gwobrau :
Oedolion: 1af £500; 2ail £100; 3ydd £50
Plant: 1af £50; 2ail £30; 3ydd £20

Ffi Ymgeisio:
Oedolion: £3 am gerdd neu 4 am £10
Plant: £1 am gerdd neu 4 am £3


Celebrating the 50th Issue

We definitely want to organise more Tears in the Fears events and now, with our new website and digital tools that’s going to be a whole lot easier. We’re planning on at least two a year.

Tim Wells with Tears in the Fence web editor Dzifa Benson

Back in September 2009, we celebrated the 50th issue with a five hour event in conjunction with Penned in the Marginsat The Bell near Liverpool Street in London. The line-up was truly diverse with poets from UK, the Caribbean, India and Canada. And their styles and deliveries couldn’t have been more more different from each other. Yeah, that’s what we like to do at Tears – showcase poetry in all it’s myriad forms! We’re nothing if not eclectic.

Rising Magazine editor Tim Wells gets into it with David Caddy

Tears in the Fence editor, David Caddy with Ketaki Kushari Dyson and Vahni Capildeo


The lovely Tom Chivers, head honcho at Penned in the Margins


George Ttoouli


The inimitable Hannah Silva

Elizabeth Cook





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