The P Word: Roy McFarlane & Liz Lefroy
Roy McFarlane was born in Birmingham of Jamaican parentage and spent most of his years living in Wolverhampton and the Black Country. He is a former Birmingham Poet Laureate and current Birmingham & Midland Institute Poet in Residence.
His publications include Celebrate Wha? (Smokestack 2011) and Beginning With Your Last Breath (Nine Arches Press 2016). Roy’s latest collection The Healing Next Time was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Winter 2018, one of the Guardian’s best poetry titles of 2018 and shortlisted for Ted Hughes award.
Liz Lefroy read as a guest on Carol Ann Duffy’s 2016 Shore to Shore tour. She was winner of the 2016 Café Writers Prize, the 2011 Roy Fisher Prize, runner up in the 2017 Wigtown Poetry Competition, and highly commended in the Bridport Prize 2015. She has published three pamphlets, most recently Mending The Ordinary. Of this Gillian Clarke wrote, "This is a little book of songs: a love-song to an 85-year-old stranger, to sons, at the school concert, or shopping; poems to places, remembered childhood, a mortally ill mother, and all in the easy voice of a natural poet."