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PSWG AGM and Panel: Activism in Poetry

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PSWG Annual General Meeting

The SoA's Poetry & Spoken Word Group (PSWG) Annual General Meeting (AGM) will consist of the Chair’s report and results of committee elections announced. Please email Nadia Bonini (PSWG Secretary) with any issues that you would like to raise in advance.

The AGM is open to SoA Members and Associates only. It is free to attend, but attendees will need to reserve a place.


Panel: Activism in Poetry

How can we become activists within poetry in the world we live in today? Poets Khairani Barokka and Clare Pollard will discuss the role of activism in poetry in a panel chaired by Will Forrester (English PEN).

Khairani Barokka is an Indonesian writer, poet and artist in London whose work has been presented extensively in 15 countries. She is Modern Poetry in Translation's Inaugural Poet in Residence. Her books are Rope (Nine Arches) and Indigenous Species (Titled Axis). www.khairanibarokka.com

Clare Pollard was born in Bolton in 1978. She has published five collections of poetry with Bloodaxe, the latest of which is Incarnation (2017). Her play The Weather premiered at the Royal Court Theatre and her documentary for radio, ‘My Male Muse’, was a Radio 4 Pick of the Year. Her many translation projects have included a new version of Ovid’s Heroines (2013), which she toured as a one-woman show with Jaybird Live Literature, and a co-translation of Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf’s The Sea-Migrations (2017) which was The Sunday Times Poetry Book of the Year 2017. www.clarepollard.com

Will Forrester runs the Writers in Translation programme at English PEN, managing PEN Translates, PEN Transmissions, International Translation Day and the World Bookshelf. Previously, he worked for Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation, and at Shalini Ganendra Fine Art in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has a BA in English and an MSt in World Literatures from the University of Oxford. Elsewhere, he is Assistant Editor at Review 31, and nurses a fraught relationship with the writing of J. M. Coetzee.

Readings: Eric Gregory Awards' winners 2019

Enjoy the poetry of this year's SoA Award winners Mary Jean Chan, Dominic Leonard and Phoebe Stuckes.

Mary Jean Chan (b. 1990) was born and raised in Hong Kong. She is the author of A Hurry of English (ignition, 2017), a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice, and Flèche (Faber, 2019), her debut full-length collection, which is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She won second prize in the 2017 National Poetry Competition, and has been shortlisted in the Forward Prize Best Single Poem category twice. She is also a former winner of The Poetry Society’s Anne Born Prize. A Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Oxford Brookes University, she lives in London.

Dominic Leonard grew up in Yorkshire. He studied English in Oxford and Postcolonial Studies at Leeds University, and in 2018 he was the runner-up for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize and a finalist for the Hollingworth Prize. His pamphlet of medieval centos, 'love, bring myself' (Broken Sleep), was a Poetry Book Society Selection. He lives and teaches in London.

Phoebe Stuckes is a writer from West Somerset. Her debut pamphlet, Gin & Tonic was shortlisted for The Michael Marks Award 2017. In 2019 she was the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award for her first full-length poetry collection, Platinum Blonde, which will be published by Bloodaxe Books in 2020


Programme

1.30pm - 2pm – AGM (SoA members only)
2.15 - 3.15pm –
Panel on activism in poetry
3.15 - 4pm – Tea, coffee and cake
4 - 4.30pm – Readings from this year's SoA Awards' winners
4.30pm onwardsInformal gathering at the pub


Tickets

SoA Member ticket: £15 | drinks and nibbles included

Guest ticket: £25 | drinks and nibbles included

AGM only (member, not attending the talk): Free


Any questions? Please email PSWG Secretary Nadia Bonini

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WC1R 4EH

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