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Sheffield Hallam University presents: MA Masterclass: Ben Wilkinson and Suzannah Evans - TBC December 2018 @ Sheffield Hallam City Campus, Sheffield S1

Poets & Players presents: Ben Wilkinson and John Glenday + musicians (TBC) -  Saturday 15 September 2018, 2.30-4.30pm @ Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester


Seren Books presents: First Thursdays: Ben Wilkinson, Ross Cogan, Dan Tyte + open mic - Thursday 5th July 2018, 7.30-9.30pm @ Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Wales


Live Literature presents: poet Ben Wilkinson launches his collection Way More Than Luck, with a reading from Suzannah Evans - Monday 27th February 2018, 6.30-8pm @ Bolton Central Library, Main Theatre, BL1 1SN





 South Yorkshire Poetry Festival presents: Ben Wilkinson, Kayo Chingonyi, Kei Miller and Liz Berry - Saturday 23rd May 2015, 3.30pm @ Creative Lounge, The Workstation (opposite The Hubs), Sheffield S1


 
Liverpool John Moores University Poetry Reading Series presents: Ben WilkinsonThursday 5th March 2015, 7pm-10pm @ 81 Renshaw, Renshaw Street, Liverpool L1 2SJ



Leicester Shindig!: Nine Arches and Crystal Clear Creators present Ben Wilkinson and others (tbc) - Monday 17th November 2014, 7.30pm start @ The Western, 70 Western Road, Leicester LE3 0GA


 
Sheffield Off the Shelf Festival presents: Next Generation Poets with Rebecca Goss and Mark Waldron, and special guests Ian Duhig and Ben Wilkinson - Wednesday 29th October 2014, 7.30pm-9.30pm @ The Studio, University of Sheffield Students' Union
http://nextgenerationpoets.com/sheffield-shelf-festival/  
 The event will feature performances from Rebecca Goss and Mark Waldron from the Next Generation Poets 2014. Joining them will be special guests Ian Duhig – from 1994’s New Generation – and local poet, Ben Wilkinson.


CB1 presents: Allison McVety and Ben Wilkinson - Tuesday 28th October 2014, 7.30pm @ Gonville Hotel, Cambridge CB1



Word Life presents: Picture the Poet with Helen Mort, Steve Scott, Gevi Carver, Ben Wilkinson and others - Friday 17th October 2014, 7.30pm start @ Graves Gallery, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 1XZ



Stafford Arts Festival: Poetry at St Chad's - Saturday 6th September 2014, 9.30-15.30 (specific times and reading slots tbc) @ St Chad's Church, Greengate Street, Stafford, ST16 2HP




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About the Author

Welcome to the website of the English poet and critic, Ben Wilkinson.
Ben was born in Staffordshire and now lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. He received his first degree from the University of Sheffield, and holds an MA and PhD from Sheffield Hallam University. He has won numerous awards for his poetry, including the Poetry Business Competition and a 2014 Northern Writers' Award
His debut full collection of poems, Way More Than Luck, appeared from Seren Books in February 2018.
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To contact Ben about readings, workshops, or for any other enquiries, you can drop him a line at benwilko(at sign)gmail.com. Unfortunately, I am not able to consider unsolicited requests from authors for book reviews.

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Way More Than Luck (Seren Books, 2018)

From the thumping heartbeat of the distance runner to the roar of football terraces across the decades, Ben Wilkinson’s debut confronts the struggles and passions that come to shape a life. Beginning with an interrogation of experiences of clinical depression and the redemptive power of art and running, the collection centres on a series of vivid character portraits, giving life to some of football's legends. By turns frank, comic, sinister and meditative – ‘the trouble with you, son, is that all your brains are in your head’ – these poems uncover the beautiful game’s magic and absurdity, hopes and disappointments, as striking metaphors for our everyday dramas. Elsewhere there are tender love poems, political satire and strange dream worlds, in an urgently lyrical book of poems that take many forms and modes of address: pantoum, sonnet, sestina; epistle, confession, dramatic monologue. All are united by a desire to speak with searching clarity about matters of the heart. Way More …