Blake Morrison in conversation with Niall MacMonagle
In Shingle Street
(2015) Blake Morrison made some powerful observations on the erosion of our land, lives and values. Set along the Suffolk coast, the poems address a receding world - an eroding landscape, “abashed by the ocean's passion”. In this discussion with Niall MacMonagle, Blake will read from Shingle Street
, and we'll also hear about his new book, The Executor
(out in March 2018). Though ostensibly a novel, The Executor
includes poems in the course of its narrative and ends with a collection called 'Love's Alphabet', a 26-poem sequence exploring eroticism, desire and the way that passion can both enhance and destroy human lives.
Blake Morrison was born in Skipton, Yorkshire, and educated at Nottingham University, McMaster University and University College, London. After working for the Times Literary Supplement, he went on to become literary editor of both The Observer and the Independent on Sunday before becoming a full-time writer in 1995. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and former Chair of the Poetry Book Society and Vice-Chair of PEN, Blake has written fiction, poetry, journalism, literary criticism and libretti, as well as adapting plays for the stage. His best-known works are probably his two memoirs, And When Did You Last See Your Father? and Things My Mother Never Told Me. Since 2003, Blake has been Professor of Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College. He lives in south London.
Niall MacMonagle is a teacher and critic. He broadcasts frequently on RTÉ Radio 1 and has edited several poetry anthologies.