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Jo Shapcott & Friends

  • Seamus Heaney Library The Bloomsbury Hotel (map)

The second in a series of three New Audiences events in partnership with Royal Holloway, University of London, exploring established and emerging contemporary voices from London's literary Bloomsbury and showcasing some of the graduates from the Creative Writing MA at Royal Holloway. Hosted by Jo Shapcott.

Kayo Chingonyi  His poems have been published in a range of magazines and anthologies and he has been invited to give readings from his work across the UK and internationally. His first book of poems, ‘Some Bright Elegance’, is out now from Salt Publishing.

Allison Mcvety’s collection, The Night Trotsky Came to Stay (Smith/Doorstop, 2007), was shortlisted for the Forward Best First Collection Prize. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Review, The Guardian, The Times and PN Review and have been broadcast on BBC radio. In 2012 she won the National Poetry Competition. Her third collection, Lighthouses, will be published later this year.

Declan Ryan’s poems and reviews have appeared in Poetry Review, Poetry London, Night & Day and elsewhere. He is working on a PhD on ‘Perfect Speech’ in the poems of Ian Hamilton and Lachlan Mackinnon and co-edits the Days of Roses anthology series.

Robert Selby is studying for a PhD on the life and work of the late poet Mick Imlah at Royal Holloway. His poems have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Dark Horse, and the anthologies Days of Roses I and II.

Earlier Event: February 28
Erebus at the Polar Museum
Later Event: March 17
Poems on the Underground