Wednesday 11 February – 6.30 pm


91 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BW

Join us on 11 February 2015 at Waterstones Deansgate in Manchester for an evening of poetry celebrating the Next Generation Poets 2014.

The event will feature performances from Adam Foulds and Annie Freud from the Next Generation Poets 2014. They will be joined on the night by special guests Jean Sprackland, from the 2004 List, and Manchester based up-and-coming poet, Keisha Thomspon.

Tickets Free

To reserve a place, please email

For more information, please visit Waterstones Manchester Deansgate

Adam Foulds wp

Adam Foulds was born in London and studied English at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He is a poet and novelist and lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton. In 2008, his first collection The Broken Word (Jonathan Cape) won the Costa Poetry Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award. His novel The Quickening Maze was shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize and won the European Union Prize for Literature. He was named as one of Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’ in 2013.


Annie Freud wp

Annie Freud was born in London in 1948. Her father is the painter, Lucian Freud. Her maternal grandfather was the sculptor, Sir Jacob Epstein, and her great-grandfather was Sigmund Freud. Her first publication was A Voids Officer Achieves the Tree Pose (Donut Press). Her first full collection, The Best Man That Ever Was (Picador, 2007), was a Poetry Book Society recommendation and won the Dimplex Prize for New Writing (Poetry) in the same year. The Mirabelles was a PBS Choice and shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize in 2010. She is currently teaching at the Poetry School.

Jean Sprackland (credit pshikotra event photography)

One of Britain’s most consistent poets, Jean Sprackland’s collections have been shortlisted for the Forward, Whitbread and T S Eliot Prizes. Her 2007 book, Tilt, was the winner of the 2007 Costa Poetry Award and her latest collection, Sleeping Keys, was a PBS 2013 Autumn Recommendation.

Keisha Thompson 7

Keisha Thompson is a performance and page poet. She has been published in various anthologies and is a core member of Manchester’s youth writing groups: Young Identity and Inna Voice. She is currently working on solo show, I Wish I had a Moustache, with support from Contact Theatre. She also released her first EP, Abecedarian on Sept 24th.