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Forward Meet The Poet with Rachel Long

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Forward Meet the Poet: a chance to quiz the poets on the Forward Prizes shortlists. With Rachel Long, reading from My darling from the lions

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Join us for readings - and a lively discussion - with the poets shortlisted for the Forward Meet the Poet series.

Registered attendees can submit questions in advance and each session will be moderated by a Forward Prizes judge.

These 45 minute sessions are inspired by Jeremy Paxman, who judged the Forwards in 2014 and called half-jokingly for a “Poetry Inquisition” so the public could "ask poets to explain why they chose to write about the particular subject they wrote about, and why they chose the particular form and language, idiom, the rest of it".

He's now got his way and those who are prevented by circumstances from attending live poetry events this summer are warmly welcome to join via screen instead.

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Rachel Long (b. 1988, London) is the founder of Octavia Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour, based at the Southbank Centre. She began writing poetry after attending a workshop with Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, a transformative experience she describes as ‘radically intimate, and yet simultaneously expansive. I’ve been writing poems since I left that room.’

Long writes on love, the family, sexual politics - broad subjects, treated with a pin-sharp attention to the local and specific (an estate ‘built like Tetris’, the ‘lit throat of a candle’).

Her advice for poets starting out is to ‘listen to the poems more than the noise around you; find good teachers, honour them, make good friends, create a space for yourself and for them.’

Kim Moore won the 2016 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for her first collection The Art of Falling (Seren). She won a Northern Writers Award in 2014, an Eric Gregory Award in 2011 and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2010. Her pamphlet If We Could Speak Like Wolves was a winner in the 2012 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition. She is a PhD candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University and is working on her second collection. Along with Clare Shaw, she is Co-Director of Kendal Poetry Festival.

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