Poetry-Next-The-Sea | PERFORMERS


Sir Jonathan Bate CBE

The youngest person to be knighted for services to literary scholarship, Jonathan, Provost of Worcester College and Professor of English Literature at Oxford, is also a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature. His works include The Genius of Shakespeare and Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life and Song of the Earth.



Dame Gillian Beer

Emeritus Professor and Honorary Fellow of Clare Hall and Girton College, Gillian is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature. Works include Darwin’s Plots, Open Fields, Virginia Woolf: The Common Ground and most recently Alice in Space: The Sideways Victorian World of Lewis Carroll which was published last year.


Paula Byrne

Published for the Austen Bicentenary The Genius of Jane Austen is the latest of five acclaimed biographies written by Paula. She is currently working on her second novel loosely based on the life of Marlene Dietrich and has recently collaborated with her husband, Jonathan Bate, on Stressed, Unstressed: Classic Poems to Ease the Mind.



William Carslake

William studied English at Cambridge and orchestral conducting at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. His compositions explore his passion for landscape, ecology and in particular mountains. Recent commissions include The Duel of the White Necked Ravens and Storm which was performed on Mount Snowdon.



Paul Farley

In the past, Paul has won the Whitbread Prize, Somerset Maugham Award, Cholmondeley Prize, E M Forster Prize, two Forward Prizes and The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. He presents BBC Radio 4’s contemporary poetry progamme The Echo Chamber and writes for The Guardian, Granta, Art Review, The Independent and Poetry Review.


Matthew Hollis

Matthew won the Costa Biography Award, the H W Fisher Biography Prize and The Sunday Times Biography of the Year for Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas. He also co-edited Strong Words: Modern Poets on Modern Poetry and 101 Poems Against War. In 2016 Stones and East were published by Clutag Press.



Richard Jones

Award winning director and editor, Richard’s most recent film A Nice Touch starring Dougray Scott and Paloma Faith screened at festivals around the world. He worked as an assistant director on Dark Corners and also on the critically acclaimed BAFTA nominated London to Brighton.


Little Baroque Company

Formed at the Royal Academy of Music in 2005, LBC’s Helen Kruger - violin, Carina Drury - cello, Cait Walker - oboe, and Jamie Akers - theorbo are fast becoming known for innovation in classical and post modern music. They tour worldwide and regularly appear at both the London Handel Festival and the Brighton Early Music Festival.



Helen Mort

Shortlisted for both the Costa Prize and the T S Eliot Prize for her first collection Division Street, Helen won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize in 2014. Her new collection No Map Could Show Them is a Poetry Society Recommendation. Helen is an avid runner and has written Lake District Trail Running and writes a regular blog called Freefall.



Katrina Porteous

In 2015 Katrina presented Horse - a powerful and evocative piece she developed with Peter Zinovieff. This year they have collaborated again and will present Sun. Historian, broadcaster and award winning poet, Katrina’s second poetry collection Two Countries was shortlisted for the Portico Prize.



Michael Symmons Roberts

Fellow of the Royal Society and Professor of Poetry at  Manchester Metropolitan University, Michael has won a Forward Prize, Costa Poetry Prize and Whitbread Poetry Award. His continuing collaboration with composer James MacMillan has led to award winning commissions for the Royal Opera, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, the BBC Proms and Radio 4.



Katharine Towers

Currently Poet in Residence at the Cloud Appreciation Society, Katharine works as assistant editor at poetry publisher Candlestick Press. Her first collection The Floating Man won the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Award. Her second collection The Remedies was shortlisted for this year’s T S Eliot Prize.



Terry Waite CBE

Terry has spent most of his international career in conflict zones negotiating the release of hostages. Most famously he was captured in Beirut where he spent five years in solitary confinement. Terry will be reading from his latest book Out of the Silence.


Peter Zinovieff

Computer music pioneer, Peter collaborated with composers such as Harrison Birtwistle and Hans Werner Henze after his EMS Studio produced the first commercially available portable synthesizer - the VCS3 used by Pink Floyd and The Who. He has recently returned to composition with new spacial pieces for TBA21 and various international soloists.