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PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE: The 87 Press

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PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE is a monthly platform devised to share knowledge of creative practices.

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For the forthcoming episode of PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE, The 87 Press will present an evening of poetry written and read by Sascha Akhtar, Mira Mattar, Sandeep Parmar, and Nisha Ramayya. It will be the first of series of events programmed across 2020 in conversation with 87 Press at Camden Arts Centre, a publishing collective, who since their inception in 2018 have actively advocated writers from under-represented and minority groups.

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Sascha Aurora Akhtar is a poet of the liminal; a performer with a background in Butoh, Music, Film & Photography. To Sascha, all is magic and she spends a great deal of time talking about this with her students, mentees & audiences at universities, centres for poetry & performance spaces. Sascha has been published by Salt UK, Shearsman UK, Contraband UK, Emma Press, Knives, Forks & Spoons Press & ZimZalla UK; she has six collections of poetry available. Her first book of translations is upcoming with Oxford University Press, India and her first fiction collection is to be published in Autumn 2020 with Wild Pressed Books. She works with energy in all things, especially poetry & considers herself a "Pakistani-British-American" : both these things are reflected in her work. She has been writing and performing internationally for two decades. All upcoming performance and teaching engagements are listed on her author page.

Mira Mattar is a writer, editor and tutor. She has recently had work published in Tripwire and Zarf. She is a contributing editor at Mute / Metamute and co-edited Anguish Language: Writing and Crisis. She lives in south east London.

Nisha Ramayya grew up in Glasgow and is currently based in London. Her debut collection, STATES OF THE BODY PRODUCED BY LOVE, is published by Ignota Books (2019). She is a member of the ‘Race & Poetry & Poetics in the UK’ research group and a lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London.

The 87 is a small press, publishing collective, events organiser, and platform for discussion. It was founded in 2018 by South London based poets Kashif Sharma-Patel, Azad Ashim Sharma, and architect Devin Maisuria.

We are committed to publishing the very best of bold, innovative and experimental writing from emerging and established writers. We publish poetry, fiction and non-fiction and are especially interested in supporting writers from under-represented, minority groups - we know how important it is that you get your voice heard. With this in mind, 87 Press seeks to maximise the space we offer writers. Although small, we think big, and offer a creative hub that provides a virtual and real space where you can link up and share ideas. We also host monthly events at the Roebuck in London SE1 which are growing in size, success, and give us the chance to meet our readers in person. To get a sense of the kind of books we publish, please check out our authors and books.

PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE is a monthly platform devised to share knowledge of creative practices that navigate independent and expanded forms of publishing and distribution. Establishing a space for experimentation and discourse that reflects the relationship between publishing and the shifting strata of economic, technological, social and political scenarios present today. Empowering emerging or under-represented visual artists, musicians, poets and writers to introduce and discuss their respective outputs with new audiences. The programme will manifest in a variety of forms; incorporating live performances, listening sessions, and moving image, alongside group discussions.

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