National Poetry Day: Muses and Furies

National Poetry Day: Muses and Furies

Birmingham Literature Festival

Date and time
03 Oct 2019 (6:00pm - 7:00pm)

Recital Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR


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Birmingham Literature Festival

National Poetry Day: Muses and Furies

With Sue Brown, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Jessica Mookherjee, Jacqueline Saphra, and Julia Webb

On National Poetry Day, we gather some of the most exciting female poets working in the UK today for a special performance of their latest collections. Five poets, each with a different story to share about place, relationships, activism, feminism, faith, love and womanhood.

Sponsored by Birmingham City University.

About the speakers:

Rhythm Chant, the first full collection by Sue Brown, is an observation of nature, place, his and herstory. Sue bares all; falling in and out of love, the joys and pleasure, pain and disappointment and how to fall in love again.

Postcolonial Banter is Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan’s debut collection. It features some of her most well-known and widely performed poems as well as some never-seen-before material: a disruption of comfort, a call to action, a redistribution of knowledge and an outpouring of dissent.

Jessica Mookherjee, highly commended in the 2017 Forward Prizes, presents her second collection of poems, Tigress. Mixing myth and migration these poems explore the impact of choices upon our lives. With kaleidoscopic imagination these poems survey childhood and family, selfhood and womanhood.

Jacqueline Saphra was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize in 2017 for All My Mad Mothers. Jacqueline’s next collection, Dad, Remember You are Dead is due from Nine Arches Press in September 2019. A sister volume, this collection takes on the male canon in an examination of fatherhood and daughterhood, of damage and redemption.

Julia Webb was highly commended in the 2016 Forward Prizes. She is the author of Bird Sisters and most recently Threat. Forensically detailed and disturbing, the dark and sometimes brutal undertow of small-town existence seeps to the surface of these unsettling poems.

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