Kate Kilalea, Agnes Lehoczky and Jennifer Wong at Poetry Parnassus
Three recent graduates of the UEA Creative Writing programme featured in the Poetry Parnassus event at the Southbank Centre in London last week. The largest poetry festival in the UK, featuring poets from all over the world and staging over 100 events, the Poetry Parnassus ran from 26th June until 1st July. Kate Kilalea (pictured) moved from South Africa to England in 2005 in order to study for her MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at UEA. Her first book, 'One Eye'd Leigh', was was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Agnes Lehoczky is a Hungarian-born poet and translator who also graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2006 and subsequently completed a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. She has published two short poetry collections in Hungarian, and two collections in English with Eggbox: 'Budapest to Babel' (2008) and 'Rememberer' (2011). Her collection of essays on the poetry of Agnes Nemes Nagy was also published in 2011, and she currently teaches Creative Writing at the University of Sheffield. Originally from Hong Kong, Jennifer Wong studied English Literature at Oxford and published her first collection, 'Summer Cicadas', in 2006 before joining the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2008. She has taught poetry at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and served as writer-in-residence at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. Her second collection is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry.