Poetry at Pembroke: Wisdom’s Bottom Poets (Jude Cowan Montague, Daniel Lehan, & Peter J. King)

Date and time

23 Nov 2017 18:00 to 18:45


The Mary Hyde Eccles Room, Pembroke College, Oxford, OX1 1DW

'Poetry at Pembroke', a series of poetry readings taking place throughout Michaelmas term! 

The series has been organised by Peter King, Lecturer in Philosophy at Pembroke. Performances take place every Thursday evening at 6pm between 19th October - 30th November. Check our events page for further listings. To find out more please contact Peter King

'Wisdom’s Bottom Poets' with Jude Cowan Montague, Daniel Lehan, & Peter J. King 

Jude Cowan Montague

Artist. writer and composer with a multi-media practice that crosses disciplines. She is active in new printmaking, installation, poetry, prose fiction, film history, vocal work, and performance.

She is known for her innovative work with international news agency output. This practice developed while working as an archivist for the Reuters Television Archive. For the Messengers (Donut Press 2011) re-formed edits from the Reuters output during 2008 as individual poems. Her album The Leidenfrost Effect (Folkwit Records 2015) was co-composed with Dutch producer Wim Oudijk and reimagines quirky stories from the Reuters Life! feed.

She is a broadcaster and curates and hosts The News Agents a weekly hybrid news-arts show on Resonance 104.4 FM.

Her First Class B.A. (Hons) degree in English Literature from Oxford University was followed with a Ph.D. in film studies from the Birkbeck College, University of London and later by an M.A. in Printmaking from Camberwell School of Arts. She was awarded the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers' graduate prize, 2014–2016.     

Her latest poetry collections are The Wires: 2012 (Wisdom’s Bottom Press, 2016) and The Originals (Hesterglock Press, 2017).


Peter J. King

Born in 1956 in Boston, Lincolnshire.  His first collection of poems (A Secret Tear) was published in 1976, followed by Déjà Vú and insofaras.  He ran tapocketa press from the  National Poetry Society, and co-founded with Alaric Sumner a quarterly poetry magazine, words worth.

In 1980 he started on an academic career in philosophy, and has been Lecturer in Philosophy at Pembroke College since 2003.  He is the author of One Hundred Philosophers, which has been translated into over twenty languages, and co-author of The Philosophy Book.

Since returning to poetry he has been published in magazines such as Acumen, Tears in the Fence, Bare Fiction, Osiris, Dream Catcher, streetcake, Lighthouse, The Curly Mind, and New Walk.  He also translates poetry from modern Greek (with Andrea Christofidou) and from German.

His latest poetry collections are Adding Colours to the Chameleon (Wisdom’s Bottom Press, 2016) and All What Larkin (Albion Beatnik Press, 2017).



Daniel Lehan 

Ex paperboy, choirboy, shop assistant, ice cream seller, chip shop manager, petrol pump attendant, pub caterer, post office worker, theatre usher, cleaner, adult education tutor, leaflet distributor, front of house manager, t-shirt designer, screen printer, children’s book author and illustrator, gardener, teacher.

Work published in Ditch, *82 Review, The Delinquent, Experiential / Experimental, Kumquat, Poetry & Paint, Foame:, Diagram, Postcard Shorts, Ink Sweat and Tears, Shuf, Small Po(r)tions, M58, Indefinite Space, The Stardust Gazette, Hoax, Spur, and  The New Concrete, published by Hayward Publishing, London. A book of drawings, Cahier de Catéchèse, is published by Dark Windows Press.

His latest poetry collection is The Morning Glories (Wisdom’s Bottom Press, 2016).