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School of the Arts - University of Liverpool

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This year marks the fifth birthday of Pavilion Poetry. Join us for the first event in a year of celebrations as we launch three new titles for 2019. Professor Deryn Rees-Jones will introduce Mona Arshi, who will read from her collection Dear Big Gods; Lieke Marsman, joined by her translator Sophie Collins, who will read from The Following Scan will Last Five Minutes; and Janette Ayachi, who launches her first collection, Hand Over Mouth Music.

Mona Arshi trained as a lawyer and worked for Liberty, the UK human rights organisation, for several years. She began writing poetry in 2008 and received a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She has been a prize-winner in the Magma, Troubadour and Manchester Creative Writing Competitions. Mona’s debut collection ‘Small Hands’ won the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection at the Forward Prizes for Poetry in 2015.

Lieke Marsman is the author of two books of poetry, Wat ik mijzelf graag voorhoud (Things I Tell Myself) and De eerste letter (The First Letter), for which she has received several awards, including the C. Buddingh’ Award and the Van der Hoogt Prize. Her first novel, Het tegenovergestelde van een mens(The Opposite of a Person), which incorporates poetry and non-fiction to address questions of climate change and loneliness, was published in 2017 by Atlas Contact.
Sophie Collins grew up in Bergen, North Holland, and now lives in Edinburgh. small white monkeys, a text on self-expression, self-help and shame, was published by Book Works in 2017 as part of a commissioned residency at Glasgow Women’s Library. Her first collection of poems Who Is Mary Sue?was published by Faber & Faber in 2018.

Janette Ayachi (1982- ) is a Scottish-Algerian poet who has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies, including presses such as Polygon; Seren, and Salt’s The Best British Poetry of 2015. With a BA combined-honours degree in English Literature and Film & Media from Stirling University, she then graduated with an MSc in Creative Writing from Edinburgh University. She collaborates with artists; her film poems have been screened at festivals, and in 2015 she was Digital Poet in Residence with The Poetry School. In 2016 she performed her poem about Amy Winehouse on BBC Radio Scotland, and was invited to return as an arts & culture critic for a year on the Janice Forsyth Culture Show. Late 2017 she was commissioned to write a poem for Conversations on a Bench, a BBC Radio 4 documentary. She is the author of two poetry pamphlets and a children's chapter book The Mermaid, The Girl and The Gondola, illustrated by Fabio Perla. She is currently working on Lonerlust, a nonfiction narrative memoir about travelling alone.

The reading will be followed by a wine reception. Tickets are free but book early to avoid disappointment.


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