Appeared: Saturday November 29th 2014
Chris Agee is the author of three books of poems, most recently Next to Nothing (Salt, 2009), shortlisted for the 2010 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. He has also edited Scar on the Stone: Contemporary Poetry from Bosnia (Bloodaxe, 1998, Poetry Society Recommendation), Unfinished Ireland: Essays on Hubert Butler (Irish Pages, 2003), The New North: Contemporary Poetry from Northern Ireland (Salt, 2011) and The Other Tongues: An Introduction to Writing in Irish, Scots Gaelic and Scots in Ulster and Scotland (Irish Pages, 2013). He is the Editor of Irish Pages: A Journal of Contemporary Writing, Ireland’s premier literary journal, and currently the Keith Wright Literary Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
Chris will read both from his last collection as well as new Glasgow-based work, and discuss the future of the literary magazine.
"Next to Nothing is the most compelling book of poems I have read for years ...." – Bernard O’Donoghue, Wadham College, Oxford.
"2009 has given us some terrific poetry, but the book I will remember most from this year is Chris Agee’s Next to Nothing.” William Crawley, BBC
“ (Irish Pages is) the most important cultural journal in Ireland at the present moment” (Jonathan Allison).