An Evening With Richard Scott and Friends in Islington
In celebration of London Pride and the recent publication of Soho, we will be joined by Richard Scott, Sophie Robinson and Mary Jean Chan for an evening of poetry and wine. Soho is an intimate and vital debut. Richard Scott creates an uncompromising portrait of love and gay shame. Examining how trauma becomes a part of the language we use, Scott takes us back to our roots: childhood incidents, the violence our scars betray, forgotten forebears and histories. The hungers of sexual encounters are underscored by the risks that threaten when we give ourselves to or accept another. But the poems celebrate joy and tenderness, too, as in a sequence re-imagining the love poetry of Verlaine. One of our favourite poetry collectins of the year. 'Outstanding . . . Scott's tone is sometimes splendidly, defiantly drama-queenly . . . This is the most impressive debut since Andrew McMillan's Physical' (Literary Review)
Richard Scott was born in London in 1981. His poems have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies including Poetry Review, Poetry London, PN Review, Swimmers, The Poetry of Sex (Penguin) and Butt Magazine. He has been a winner of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, a Jerwood/Arvon Poetry Mentee and a member of the Aldeburgh 8. His pamphlet 'Wound' (Rialto) won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016 and his poem 'crocodile' won the 2017 Poetry London Competition. Soho (Faber & Faber) is his first book.
Sophie Robinson is a poet. She lives between London and Norwich, where she teaches Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her new book Rabbit is forthcoming from Boiler House Press in November 2018.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Mary Jean Chan currently lives in London. She is the author of the pamphlet A Hurry of English (Poetry Book Society Summer Pamphlet Choice), published by ignitionpress (2018). Her debut poetry collection is forthcoming from Faber & Faber (July 2019). She came Second in the 2017 National Poetry Competition, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Mary Jean is a PhD candidate and Research Associate in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, the University of London, and is an editor at Oxford Poetry.
Please come along to hear some fantastic readings, meet the poets and enjoy a glass of wine. Tickets are available online and in store and include refreshments. Call 0207 704 2280 or email at aXNsaW5ndG9uIHwgd2F0ZXJzdG9uZXMgISBjb20= for more information.
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