Luke Kennard and David Grubb at Lancaster Literature Festival


25 October, 2009


The Auditorium, The Storey, Lancaster


As part of the collaboration between the Experimentality programme and Lancaster Literature Festival, two poets who use language to take their readers on rollercoaster adventures into the surreal and absurd, the unsettling and the existential, read from and discussed their work at this event.

Luke Kennard

"To read him is to be startled into remembering exactly how exciting and energetic language can be, as it forces us to face the poignant absurdity of experience and to laugh out loud or cry in equal measure. Kennard is an undoubted original, driven by a mature intelligence and a giant wit... A brilliant new writer you simply must not miss." Andy Brown

"His language is exciting and it feels to me that he’s a truly 21st-century writer, taking inspiration from all over the place, unafraid of barriers and conventions." Ian McMillan in The Times.

Luke Kennard's second collection was shortlisted for the 2007 Forward Poetry Prize, making him at 26 the youngest ever nominee.

David Grubb

"There is a WOW factor in David Grubb’s poems, whether it be the sheer extraordinariness of what he’s describing or in a poem that takes your breath away." Newsletter Review

David Grub celebrates the eccentric, the spiritual and distinct voices from communities and individuals living on the edge. Much of his work has been influenced by working in conflict zones and areas of extreme poverty such as Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda, Haiti and Albania.

"The poems of David Grubb are exhilarating as a waterfall... His poems will move you, delight you and sometimes shake you. He is one of our finest writers." Adrian Mitchell