Each term, a poet visits the college for a reading followed by a question-and-answer session. The spirit of the events is relaxed and informal. Entry is free, and the series is open to members of the university and to the public. The next reading in the series will be by Kit Fan and Alice Oswald.

Kit Fan is a poet, novelist, and critic. His first book of poems, Paper Scissors Stone (2011), won the inaugural HKU International Poetry Prize. As Slow As Possible (2018) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and one of the Irish Times Books of the Year. He has also won a Northern Writers Award, the Times Stephen Spender Poetry Translation Prize, and a Poetry Editors’ Prize for Reviewing. His debut novel, Diamond Hill, was published last year.

Alice Oswald is Oxford’s current Professor of Poetry. She is the author of several collections, including The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile (1996), Dart (2002), Memorial (2011), Falling Awake (2016), and Nobody (2019). She has won an Eric Gregory award, the Forward Poetry Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Ted Hughes Award, the Warwick Prize, and the Griffin Poetry Prize. Gigantic Cinema: A Weather Anthology, co-edited with Paul Keegan, came out in 2020. (Photo: Alexandra Majak)

Contact: Professor Matt Bevis.

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