This event series is part poetry reading, part open mic and the guest poet and open mic theme change each month.
Our 2021 contemporary poetry reading series, Go to the poets, they will speak to thee, is curated and hosted by poet Kim Moore.
We will be listening to what poets have to say about our turbulent times, and how poetry can cross borders to challenge, delight and inspire us.
Wordsworth was alternately fascinated, challenged and tormented by the concept of home and belonging and what this might mean, writing in Guilt and Sorrow: “And homeless near a thousand homes I stood, And near a thousand tables pined and wanted food”.
This fascination with home and belonging continues in contemporary poetry today and is one of many themes explored in the work of our guest poet this month, Nina Mingya Powles. Her debut collection Magnolia was published by Nine Arches Press in 2020 and shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. This collection pushes at formal and structural boundaries whilst moving effortlessly between themes of migration, the environment, and growing up mixed-race.
There will also be an open mic session. Please bring a poem that explores the concept of home.