Francisca Matos - HARD SUMMER launch @ DEPTFORD does ART

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Deptford Does Art

28 Deptford High Street

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Write Bloody UK are excited to announce our very first in-person launch for HARD SUMMER, the debut poetry collection by Francisca Matos.

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Join Francisca for an evening of poetry, hearing her read from Hard Summer, at the beautiful DEPTFORD does ART venue, a 5 minute walk from Deptford station. There will also be readings from Daisy Thomas and Oliver Sedano-Jones.

Set in Lisbon and its suburbs, Hard Summer is a collection of poems exploring the intricacies of memory and its complex relationship to place. Written as a fragmented memoir, the poems investigate what it means to reconcile the loss and joy of growing up, leaning on cinematic perspective and language to honour a moment in time. Hard Summer looks at the interaction between truth, feeling and memory, bringing the reader along through dull summer days and cyclical conversations, to celebratory moments and the solemn walk home.

Francisca Matos is a poet from Lisbon, Portugal. Her work has been featured in Feels zine, Vagabond City, Wax Nine Journal and Electric Literature, among others. She holds an MA in Creative & Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London and is the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, as well as the Jane Cooper fellowship from Sarah Lawrence College, where she will pursue her poetry MFA.

Daisy Thomas is a poet from South Wales. She graduated from the Creative & Life Writing MA in 2020. Daisy has poems in Penny Thoughts, Bath Magg, and Poetry London.

Oliver Sedano-Jones is a British-Peruvian writer. His work is published/forthcoming in Banshee, Tears in the Fence, Ink Sweat and Tears, SPOONFEED and Prototype. He was shortlisted for the Yeats Prize in 2018, the University of Hertfordshire Single Poem Prize in 2019, and the Wales Poetry Award 2020.

There will be the opportunity for a Q&A with Francisca, and books will be available to buy at the event.


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