Bolton School Senior Girls

Poetry Festival to Feature Award-Winning Poet

On Thursday 2 May, Bolton School will host a Poetry Festival featuring Liz Berry, who will give a reading of some of her poems. Pupils from each year group within the School will also read their own work on this evening celebrating creative writing.

Liz was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. Her first book of poems, Black Country (Chatto 2014), described as a ‘sooty, soaring hymn to her native West Midlands’ (Guardian), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014. Her pamphlet The Republic of Motherhood (Chatto, 2018) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet choice and the title poem won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018. Liz works as a poetry tutor for organisations including the Arvon Foundation and Writing West Midlands.

This free event is open to everyone and will take place in the Girls’ Division Great Hall on Thursday 2 May 2019, beginning at 7.00pm. Refreshments will be available beforehand from 6.30pm. Parking will be available in the Girls’ Division Quad, which will be clearly signposted on the night.


Event Contact: Mrs J Hone, Academic Enrichment Coordinator for the Arts (


This event part of an ongoing series of Arts and Sciences Enrichment Lectures hosted by the Girls’ Division. Click here to view the full programme of events for 2018/19. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive information about forthcoming events in 2019/20 and beyond.

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