Leeds University Library

Celebrating Jon Silkin's Complete Poems

Published Thursday 23 April 2015

To celebrate the publication of the late Jon Silkin's Complete Poems, we are holding two free events on Thursday 30 April.

Jon Silkin was well known during his lifetime as a poet, editor and tireless promoter of his literary magazine "Stand". Join us to celebrate his work.

Book launch and poetry reading

The poetry reading will be chaired by Jon Glover and Kathryn Jenner, editors of "Complete Poems". There will be a drinks reception from 6pm, with the main event beginning at 6.30pm.

Speakers and poets will include Jeffrey Wainwright, John Whale, Elizabeth Cook, Hannah Copley, Emma Trott, Kathryn Jenner and Jon Glover. There will also be a small display of items from the Silkin Archive. All are welcome to attend.

Editorial workshop

Jon Glover and Kathryn Jenner will present some of the manuscripts from the Silkin Archive and discuss the process of selecting and editing poems for inclusion in the collection.

This is a great opportunity for students and others interested in creative and editorial processes to discover hands-on what it's like to work with modern literary archives.

Silkin's connection with Leeds dates back to the late 1950s, when he first travelled north to take up the Gregory Fellowship in Poetry at the University. He lived in Leeds until 1965, during which time Stand was resurrected and published from Leeds, before relocating to Newcastle.

Silkin's connection with the University was revived in 1994, when he became a Senior Fellow in Poetry in the School of English. After his death in 1997, Stand once again was published by the School of English.

The Stand and Silkin Archives were subsequently acquired by Leeds University Library and are now accessible to all in Special Collections.