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FtW with Jason Allen-Paisant, Jennifer Copley and Lindsay Waller-Wilkinson

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Come and listen to some of the best poets from Yorkshire and beyond at our relaxed and welcoming Finding the Words poetry evening

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Jason Allen-Paisant is a Jamaican poet whose work addresses issues of race, class, and the environmental conditions underpinning Black identity. His poetry has been featured in Granta, The Poetry Review, PN Review, Callaloo, New Poetries VIII, BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, Stand, and other venues. His first full-length volume of poems, Thinking with Trees, will be published by Carcanet Press in summer 2021. Jason holds a doctorate in Medieval and Modern Languages from Oxford University (Merton College) and works as a lecturer in Caribbean Poetry and Decolonial Thought, with joint appointments in the School of English and the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds. He lives in Leeds with his partner and two daughters.

Jennifer Copley lives in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, with her cat, dog and sculptor husband, Martin. She is the author of 4 full collections of poetry – Unsafe Monuments published by Arrowhead in 2006, Beans in Snow published by Smokestack in 2009 and Sisters, also by Smokestack, in 2013. In May, 2020 Pindrop Press published her latest collection, What Happens to Girls. Of this, Moniza Alvi writes: ‘to read Copley’s limpid addictive poems is to be immersed in both the magical and the hyper-real.’ Kim Moore writes: Copley’s poems are capable of both disturbing and charming the reader whilst remaining unforgettable in the way they subvert our expectations about family, violence and childhood.’

She has several pamphlets. The latest, Being Haunted, won the Cinnamon Pamphlet Prize in 2018. Her work has appeared in The Rialto, The North, PN Review, the Independent on Sunday, the Forward Prize Anthology and GCSE Poetry Unseen revision papers.

She has won prizes in several poetry competitions including 1st prize in the Faber/Ottaker, 1st in the Mirehouse, 2nd prize in the Cardiff Academi, 3rd prize in the Bridport, shortlisted twice for the Strokestown Prize.

She was South Cumbria Poet Laureate in 2005. www.jennifercopley.co.uk

Lindsay Waller-Wilkinson is a writer of poetry and short stories. She has been published in Ink Sweat and Tears, Bare Fiction, Interpreters House, and various magazines and anthologies.

After a writing hiatus of three years she joined the York Poetry Stanza. Last year she was long-listed in the RSPB poetry competition. The two are linked.

Her day-job is managing a charity bookshop in York which is a constant joy and a great source of inspiration.

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