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Poetry in the Crypt / Godfrey, Jastrzębska and Yeh


Saturday 20 April, 7pm
St Mary’s Church
Upper Street, Islington
London N1 2TX
Free cakes & coffee
Proceeds will support Hospice Care Kenya


John Godfrey lives in Hitchin; his first full collection is The Man on Crewe Station (Rockingham Press, 2011). He won his first of many poetry competition prizes shortly after taking voluntary redundancy from the railway industry in 1997. Most notably he won the 2000 Kent & Sussex, the 2005 Peterloo and the 2008 City of Derby competitions. He has been widely published in magazines such as Acumen, Seam and Scintilla. John Greening has called his poem “Glider” the work of “a master craftsman.”

Maria Jastrzębska came to London as a child from Poland. Her third full collection is At The Library of Memories (Waterloo Press, 2013). She co-translated Elsewhere by Iztok Osojnik with Ana Jelnikar (Pighog Press, 2011) and has co-edited several anthologies. Her poems are in anthologies from The Virago Book of Wicked Verse (1992) to This Line Is Not For Turning, Contemporary British Prose Poetry (Cinnamon Press, 2011). Following a Wellcome Trust award, her drama Dementia Diaries toured nationally with Lewes Live Literature in 2011. She lives in Brighton.

Jane Yeh was born in America and holds master’s degrees from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Manchester Metropolitan University. Her first collection of poems, Marabou (Carcanet, 2005), was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward and Aldeburgh poetry prizes. Her new collection, The Ninjas (Carcanet, 2012), has been called “funny, clever, and downright charming” by The Guardian, and “hugely entertaining” by The Sunday Telegraph. She lives in London and teaches creative writing at Kingston University.


Poetry in the Crypt is an occasional reading series which takes place in the crypt below St Mary’s church on Upper Street, Islington.