Wednesday 8th November, 8pm in the Bookshop. First 20 places FREE.
We are thrilled to be collaborating with Edinburgh Napier’s Centre for Literature and Writing (CLAW) to host the extraordinary poet Toby Martinez.
Born in 1978, Toby Martinez de las Rivas was just 27 when he won an Eric Gregory award in 2005, which was swiftly followed by the Andrew Waterhouse award from New Writing North in 2008 and the Newcastle Australia Residency Award in 2013.
His first pamphlet was published by Faber as part of the Faber New Poets scheme and his debut collection, Terror, was published in 2014. He is regarded as one of the most distinctive voices to have emerged in recent times; to some, a modern-day William Blake.
The Guardian described Terror as ‘visionary’ and ‘exciting’, the New Statesman as ‘remarkable’, and all combined to praise its lucid intensity. His second book, Black Sun, due from Faber in early 2018, is a sequel of poise and clarity that is, if anything, more open and accessible than its predecessor. Beginning where Terror left off, it pursues that book’s fascination with history and with theology, with the physical body and the body of the State, with preservation and redemption.
Dr Arin Keeble of the CLAW will be chairing this event, where there will be readings, refreshments and an opportunity to ask lots of questions as well as have copies of Terror signed.