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Join us for the launch of Kali Richmond's debut poetry pamphlet 'A Gradual Reduction to Bone' on August 2nd at 19:00

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Join us on August 2nd for the virtual launch of Kali Richmond's debut pamphlet 'A Gradual Reduction to Bone' with special guest readings from Nora Blascsok, Elizabeth Chadwick Pywell and Lucy Holme-Roberts

Gradual Reduction to Bone probes the animal of us through the exploration of living entities, the repeated looping of time, the dogged wounds we inflict on our environment, and the creation/destruction duality.

Imbued with a contemporary-gothic atmosphere, crows float elegant in rigor mortis; pregnant vegetables strain to burst; mother shifts from deity to monster to mortal; invasive species invoke spectres; plants sooth metamorphic incantations. And bones – be them fractured bed frame/dismembered paw/spine of ancient chestnut/Earth’s ribs cranked open/a child’s snapping as she falls – dwell beneath the flesh of the pamphlet.

Kali Richmond is a York-based poet, with much of her writing inspired by the surrounding Dales, Moors and North Sea, and their array of wildlife. She grew up in a council flat in the most densely populated borough of London but spent most school holidays with her grandparents in the North Pennines and the Cotswolds, inspiring a lifelong yearning for vast open spaces.She came to poetry in her early thirties, first inspired by women such as Fiona Benson and Rachel Bower who wrote of motherhood, and then by brilliant live readings held in York and Leeds from Rebecca Tamás, Roger Robinson, Malika Booker, Rachael Allen, Raymond Antrobus, A. K. Blakemore, Liz Berry, Hollie McNish etc. – predominantly working class voices playing a lead role in contemporary poetry.She is a lapsed video artist and facilitator of VJ events, and is incorporating those skills into her poetry – adding a visual element to her work and planning collaborative art nights for when restrictions have fully lifted. She has been published in Gutter Magazine, Jaden Magazine, The Babel Tower Noticeboard, Porridge, Green Ink Poetry, Idle Ink and more. In 2020 she won both the Reflex Press and Lucent Dreaming flash fiction competitions.

Nora Blascsok is a Hungarian poet based in Brighton. Her work has appeared in a variety of online and print publications, including most recently in Spoonfeed Magazine, Ink Sweat & Tears and the Broken Sleep Books immigrant poets' anthology Crossing Lines. A selection of her poems titled 'Headspace' will be released by Broken Sleep Books imprint Legitimate Snack in 2021.

Elizabeth Chadwick Pywell is a poet from York, North Yorkshire, who is particularly interested in listening to and representing the voices of women who have been ignored or drowned out in history, literature and mythology. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2020, and has most recently been published in Fourteen Poems, Impossible Archetype and The Selkie. Her first collection, Unknown, co-written with Anna Rose James, has recently been published by Stairwell Press, while her pamphlet, Breaking (Out) will be published later this year by Selcouth Station Press.

Originally from Kent in the UK Lucy Holme-Roberts has a BA (hons) in English Literature and Language from Manchester University. After spending twelve years working and living at sea she now resides in Cork City where she is raising three small children. A trained sommelier, ex-chief stewardess, and private yacht purser, she was working in the wine industry in Cork until the summer of 2019 when she decided to pursue writing full time. Her most recent work can be found in Opia Lit, Porridge, The Honest Ulsterman, Wrongdoing, The Cormorant Broadsheet, Crossways, the Hecate anthology Birth and Indelible AUD and is forthcoming in Southword, The Liminal Review, Beirbua, Tír na Nóg, An Capall Dorcha, Púca, and Re-side. This year she won a mentorship with the poet Grace Wells through the Munster Literature Centre and has been working on poetry under Grace's expert tutelage for the past few months. She commences an MA in Creative Writing at UCC in September and her forthcoming pamphlet, which was inspired, largely, by the stories of women and girls she met at sea over the years, will be published by Broken Sleep Books in August 2022.


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