Monday 4 April, 8.30pm-10pm
Worcester Room, Hornton Grange, Conference Park, University of Birmingham
Roz Goddard is a British poet and former Birmingham Poet Laureate (2003-4). She has published 4 collections, most recently The Sopranos Sonnets and Other Poems (Nine Arches Press, 2010). Roz is an extremely experienced workshop leader who has been a writer in education since 1992. She is one of several poets from the West Midlands region involved in the Well-Versed project, working with Post-Graduate Trainee Teachers at Newman University College Birmingham to develop the ways in which poetry is used in primary schools. In addition to collaborations with other writers and artists, Roz has participated in many public arts projects working in diverse settings from prisons to art galleries. Since 2008 she has been on the Board of Directors for Writing West Midlands, the region’s literature development agency. Roz has appeared at many literary festivals around the UK, including the Bath Literary Festival and the Wenlock Poetry Festival.
Canadian writer and artist Heather Spears has lived in Denmark since 1962. She has held over 75 solo exhibitions, and, among a range of publications in different genres and media she has published 11 collections of poetry, including most recently I can still draw (Wolsak & Wynn 2008), three novels of speculative fiction and a novel of crime fiction and the family (The Flourish in Canada, published in Europe as A Muted Voice, 2009). A working artist, Heather has evolved her unique methods during over 3 decades' teaching in Scandinavia and America. Heather has also attended many conferences and literary festivals around the world as both a participant and as an artist-in-residence.
Kimberly Trusty is a Canadian writer based in Birmingham where she also works as a secondary school teacher. She arrived in England in 2003 to study Colonial and Post-Colonial Literature at the University of Warwick and became involved in the region’s lively poetry scenes. The author of plays and a solo collection of poetry, Darker Than Blue (McGilligan Books, Toronto, 2002), Kimberly’s poems have also been anthologised in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, including the well-received Red: Contemporary Black British Poetry (Peepal Tree Press, 2010). As keen to perform as she is to publish, Kimberly has toured England with the spoken word shows Word Temple and Temptation, and has appeared as a guest artist at many venues nationwide, including the Ways with Words Festival in Dartington, Latitude Festival in Norwich and the Southbank Centre in London.