Worlds Readings, 16-19 June

Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, Express Library (Ground Floor to the left of the main doors), The Forum, Norwich. 5pm-6pm, FREE

End your working day at the fantastic Millennium Library with a series of free readings from some truly exceptional world writers who will take you far from home.

Monday 16 June
Adam Thorpe & Mimi Khalvati

Mimi Khalvati writes about nature, childhood and family with a sympathetic, controlled and deceptive ease. Her poems are formally deft, emotionally resonant and linger in the memory.

Adam Thorpe is a poet, novelist, short story writer and dramatist. His latest novel is Between Each Breath, a penetrating story of love and fragility in Blair’s Britain, and his most recent collection of poetry, Birds With a Broken Wing, was shortlisted for the 2007 Forward Prize.

Tuesday 17 June
CK Williams, Adam Zagajewski and Gwyneth Lewis

CK Williams has published ten books of poetry, collections of essays, translations and a memoir. His most recent Collected Poems was published by Bloodaxe in 2007. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for his collection Repair.

Adam Zagajewski was born in Lvov, Poland (now Ukraine) and is recognised as the major Polish poet of his generation. Five collections of his poetry have been translated into English, the most recent being Without End: New and Selected Poems in 2002.

Gwyneth Lewis was Wales’ first National Poet. She has published poetry in Welsh and English, and composed the six-foot-high words on the front of Cardiff's new Wales Millennium Centre. Her non-fiction includes Sunbathing in the Rain: A Cheerful Book on Depression, and Two in a Boat: A Marital Voyage.

Thursday 19 June
Tishani Doshi,Tijs Goldschmidt and Jonty Driver

Tishani Doshi was born in India, to a Welsh mother and a Gujarati father. She trained with the legendary dance choreographer Chandralekha and her first book of poems, Countries of the Body, won the Forward Prize for best first collection 2006. Her first novel, The Pleasure Seekers, will be published in 2009.

Tijs Goldschmidt is an internationally acclaimed evolutionary biologist and ecologist. Darwin’s Dreampond was awarded the prestigious Science Prize from the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research. Since then, he has published several books of essays on art, culture and nature.

C.J. ("Jonty") Driver has published six collections of poems, five novels (most recently Shades of Darkness, 2004) and a biography, Patrick Duncan, South African and Pan-African (banned in South Africa - like his first two novels - but re-issued in 2000). His latest book is So Far: Selected Poems 1960-2004.

BOOKING: No need to book, just come along.  Contact NWP on 01603 877177 or the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library on 01603 727950 for more details.

ACCESS: The Express Library is fully accessible to wheelchair users and those with mobility issues. Please contact the Library on 01603 727950 if you have any access questions.