Her Lost Language - Book launch and open mic

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The Basement, Charing Cross Library

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Jenny Mitchell reads from her powerful and moving debut alongside open mic slots on My History, Myself - poems about home and identity.

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Join us to celebrate Black History Month and Libraries Week with prize-winning poet Jenny Mitchell reading from her wonderful debut collection Her Lost Language.

We also invite poets and writers from any background who would like to read their work on the theme of My History, Myself - poems about home and identity.

We are hoping for a mix of styles and approaches, but work must be connected to the theme. Reading slots are 5 minutes and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Sign up between 6.00-6.25pm to read.

Everyone is welcome (parental guidance advised), experience not necessary.

You can come to read or just to listen.

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Readings begin at 6.30pm and the library closes at 8pm.

Work in other languages is welcome, but please note that there should be an introduction in English.

We look forward to seeing and hearing you!

Thanks to Silvia, Rosa, Kate and Lorraine for volunteering and to St James's ward budget for financial support

About Jenny Mitchell

Jenny Mitchell is joint winner of the Geoff Stevens’ Memorial Poetry Prize and a prize winner in the Ware Open and Segora poetry competitions. She was commended in the Cheltenham Poetry Festival First Pamphlet Competition; and has been highly commended and commended in various competitions. Her work has been broadcast on Radio 4 and BBC2; and published in several magazines, most recently The Rialto and The New European.

She has poems forthcoming in The Interpreter’s House and in parallel translation in the Italian publication Versodove. A debut collection Her Lost Language has just been published. https://www.indigodreams.co.uk/jenny-mitchell/4594685475

About Her Lost Language

Jenny Mitchell’s prize-winning debut collection is an exploration of the impact of British transatlantic enslavement on black lives and family dynamics. It combines grounded realism with imaginative empathy on a journey from the Caribbean to Britain. At the heart of the collection is the belief in the power of stories to ‘liberate’ the voice in order to help heal a collective future.

“Something very rare, a genuine dramatic consciousness and an instinct for the poetic moment.” Mario Petrucci

“In this powerful and deeply moving debut collection, Jenny gives voice to the enslaved, bringing to life a cast of ‘silenced women’, their suffering and fortitude. Her tactile, cinematic poems leap into life, and their rich language lifts at times into magic realist flights of imagination. This collection vibrates with heart.” Maggie Butt

“It’s been such a pleasure to see Jenny reciting many of the poems in this collection over the years and so exciting to see them together in this wonderfully ambitious collection – a unique insight into a family history that invites you to re-imagine your own.

I love this book and so will you!” Paul McGrane

Find out more on the link below.

Jenny Mitchell - Indigo Dreams

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The Basement, Charing Cross Library

4-6 Charing Cross Road

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WC2H 0HF

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