Press Release: 2004

U A Fanthorpe
Under the Influence of Robert Browning

On Thursday 18 May, The Poetry Society, in association with the London Review of Books, continue their Under The Influence series with U A Fanthorpe reading from her own work and that of Robert Browning.

We are all used to two live poets reading from their work. We are also used to reading contemporary poets in relation to earlier twentieth-century poets, but what about further back? One of the great strengths of contemporary poetry in English is its relation to English poets right the way back through the tradition. In Under the Influence living poets will share the event with a pre-1900 colleague who influenced their work.

The first woman to be nominated for the post of Oxford Professor of Poetry, U. A. Fanthorpe was also shortlisted for the 1996 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year) for Safe as Houses, and was a leading contender for the post of Poet Laureate in 1999. Her latest collection is Queuing for the Sun (2003), and her Collected Poems was published in 2004. Consequences (2000), was a Poetry Book Society recommendation, and Christmas Poems (2002), brings together a collection of poems that she has been sending out to friends as Christmas cards.

In 2001 U. A. Fanthorpe was made CBE for services to poetry. She was also awarded the 2003 Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

Under the Influence continues throughout 2006 with the following readings


  • Thursday 20 July: Peter Porter under the influence of Matthew Arnold and Arthur Hugh Clough
  • Thursday 21 September: Helen Dunmore under the influence of Keats
  • 23 November: Ruth Padel under the influence of Tennyson

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Notes to Editors

  • All events are held at London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL.
  • Tickets are £10 (£5 LRB subscribers, Poetry Society members and concs)
  • Season ticket for all five events: £45 (£20 LRB subscribers, Poetry Society members and concessions). Box Office 0207 420 9895.
  • All events start at 7pm

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