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Amazing Memories of Childhood
Mairi MacInnes

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  • Wednesday 8 June 2016, 6.00PM to 8:00pm
  • Free admission
    Booking required
  • The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York (map|getting to campus)
  • Wheelchair accessible

Event details

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Mairi MacInnes reads from her new book Amazing Memories of Childhood, etc. This is a new selection of poems from six collections published over six decades, and a series of new work exploring place and memory. Anne Stevenson has praised her ‘visionary realism’, Richard Wilbur her ‘fierce attachments to familiar and natural things’ and Helen Dunmore her ability ‘to create a powerful sense of the identity of place.’

The event is introduced by Hugh Haughton from the University of York’s Department of Literature and is part of the University’s Writers at York series.

About the speaker

Mairi MacInnes is a much-travelled English poet. Born in County Durham in 1925, she lived in the USA for 30 years as well as spending time in Germany, Spain and Mexico, before returning to Yorkshire in 1978. Her output includes a memoir and novels as well as six collections of poems. Amazing Memories of Childhood, etc is published byTwo Rivers Press. Mairi received an Honorary Doctorate for her lifetime’s work from the University of York in 2014.

Writers at York

Writers at York is a lively programme of readings and workshops, and aims to celebrate and explore the work of both emerging and established contemporary writers. It is supported by the University of York's External Engagement Awards and the York Festival of Ideas. For more information visit


The book will be available to buy from the Waterstones' stall at this event.


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