Launch Party - Rite of Passage

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This is the launch of Rite of Passage (Bloodaxe Books), the widely acclaimed and anticipated debut collection from British Poet Dom Bury

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You are invited, on the 15th of April (8 p.m GMT) to a celebration of -





Welcome to the launch party for Rite of Passage.

As many of you, as dear friends will know, Rite of Passage is my first collection of poetry. It was my first love and I have devoted the last ten years of my life, intensely, sometimes obsessionally to the writing of it.

And now the time it's spreading its wings our into the world and I want you to help celebrate it taking flight. And I'd love to have you there to join in the celebration of its birth.

The birth event on the 15th will be a celebration of the earth, the wild inherent life at our core and the birth of 'Rite of Passage.'

The launch will involve readings, performances and contributions from various poets, musicians and other epic humans.

It will take the form of a ceremony and celebration, where together we journey through the portal that the book takes us on.

I can't wait to have you there to celebrate with me.

More about Rite of Passage

Dom Bury’s Rite of Passage is an initiation into what it means to be alive on the planet in the midst of extinction, of climate, environmental and systematic collapse. It is a journey into the shadow of man’s distorted relationship with the earth. And yet in the utter darkness of this hour, these often provocative poems suggest that there is hope. That we have had to come to the edge of our own annihilation as a species to collectively shift how we live, that only in the dark glare of this crisis, can a new world from the ashes of the old one now be formed..


‘I haven’t come across anything like this – the astounding poems in Dom Bury’s Rite of Passage writhe with raw visionary life, as if made of bone and fire. They terrify and hypnotise. They are chants of survival, incantations to bear us safely through climate collapse and mass extinction. They draw our elemental selves out onto burning fields, and miraculously heal us. This is poetry as initiation, as Orphic oracle and rigorous truth telling.’ – Pascale Petit

Stark, original, obsessive, and visionary, the poems in ‘Rite of Passage’ are prophecies of an uncanny musicality. Imagine a blend of Cormac McCarthy and Louise Glück and you begin to approach an understanding of the frightening desecrations and oracular clarities of this book. Bury walks through the burnings of an accelerated world, through drought and miscarried years, through snow and nuclear fallout, bringing poems of apocalyptic horror and raw beauty, returning us with new consciousness to the fallen world. The prayer is implicit throughout – let us stop, let us wake to new light. This book is fire. — Fiona Benson

An astonishing debut. The environment has never felt so urgent; the world, through Bury’s writing, has never felt so close at hand. Mythical and raw – a terrific book.” - Niall Campbell

Tickets are FREE but will need to reserved at Event Brite owing to limited numbers.


Here's the provisional set up and guests for the launch.

Part 1

🔥 The sage, world-shifter and activist that is Satish Kumar from Schumacher College and Resurgence will be sharing his wisdom on the environment, humanity and his hope for where he sees the world going.

🔥 The force of poetic nature Mona Arshi will be kindly introducing the book and saying a few things about the collection. The book wouldn't have come to being what it is without her mentorship.

🔥 I will then speak for a little bit about the book and about how the launch will work before we step together into the 'Rite of Passage' Journey.

Part 2

Part 2 will be a weaved and co-created journey where the poems from the book speak to and respond to other poetry, music, song, writing. So that together we will tell the collective journey that Rite of Passage asks us all to go on.

Here's the amazing people who will be co-creating the journey with me.

🎤 The most gorgeous and lyrical voice in Scottish poetry Niall Campbell will be weaving his beautiful nature poems with me.

🎤 Pascale Petit has long been one of my inspirations with the rawness and beauty of the way she meets the natural world and will be weaving her incredible eco-poetry with me.

🎤 Yvonne Reddick has been journeying with me on this path of deep inquiry of bringing the human and natural world together and I'm delighted to have her bring her poetry.

🎤 The magical, talented Laura O'Neill Ellowen who has inspired me, journeyed with me deeply in the latter stages of this book and is a stunning musician. I love what pours out of her soul and I'm delighted she can join me for this journey.

🎤 The soul-stopping, heart gasping Eliza Hope Kenyon Medicine Singer will be bringing her beautiful and arresting voice to weave this journey with us.

🎤 prophet, oracle, creator of Rites between worlds Jonathan Ehrlich will sing alongside Ellowen. This human has taken my own myth making to incredible depths over the last few months in the shared love for the earth that pulses between us.

🎤 The totemic Bruce Lyon has inspired me and given me more permission than maybe he knows to step more fully into deep standing for the earth and for this planet at this of transfiguration. His work with Highden Temple Community is seminal and will be a key pulse and during this time of transfiguration.

🎤 @ the miraculous, mantric, mesmeric Marv Radioli will be bringing his gift to weave spirit into our bones. His album Mantra has just released. It's an astonishing journey into personal and collective healing.

🎤 When i first heard the music of Lear Hodgkins my soul and my heart couldn't help but burst open. This is a person who's gift translates and transcends worlds, experience, where we are in the world right now and where we're going.

And last but not least....

🎤 The Sounds of Nature - the journey will be woven with sounds of the natural world at key moments in the journey, bringing the human and the non-human worlds together.

Part 3

Audience reflections

This will be a journey and an experiment, we're going to have some time at the end for those who have experienced the journey to reflect on how the journey was for them, how it moved them, their experience of this RITE OF PASSAGE.

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