Join us for the greatest ever poetry showcase, as hosted by Granta poetry editor Rachael Allen, who'll be introducing an absolute treasure trove of poetic talent – including exclusive previews of forthcoming work – to close BFDay21 on a high note.
With Anthony Anaxagorou, Will Harris, Daisy Lafarge, Holly Pester, Nisha Ramayya (courtesy of Ignota Books), Peter Scalpello (courtesy of Cipher Press) and Stephanie Sy-Quia.
Sat 16 Oct, 8-9pm. Ticket price includes a drink.
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Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. His poetry has been published in POETRY, the Poetry Review, Poetry London, New Statesman, Granta, and elsewhere. His work has also appeared on BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio 4, ITV, Vice UK, Channel 4 and Sky Arts. His second collection After the Formalities published with Penned in the Margins is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the 2019 T.S. Eliot Prize. It was also aTelegraph and Guardian poetry book of the year. His forthcoming poetry collection Heritage Aesthetics will be published by Granta in 2022.
Author photo © Alessandro Furchino Capria
Will Harris is a poet and critic from London. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Mixed-Race Superman and All This Is Implied, and winner of the LRB Bookshop Poetry Pick for best pamphlet. RENDANG – his debut full-length collection – won the Forward Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection, was also shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry 2020 and longlisted for the Rathbones Folio prize and Dylan Thomas Prize. He has published with the Guardian, the London Review of Books, Granta, the Poetry Review, and the White Review, among others.
Author photo © Etienne Gilfillan.
Daisy Lafarge was born in Hastings and studied at the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Her poetry collection Life Without Air (Granta Books, 2020) was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. Her debut novel, Paul, is published by Granta Books and won a pre-publication Betty Trask Award. Her visual work has been exhibited in galleries such as Tate St Ives and Talbot Rice Gallery.
Author photo © James McNaught.
Holly Pester is a poet and writer. She has worked in sound art and performance, with BBC Radio, Women's Art Library and Wellcome Collection. Comic Timing, her debut poetry collection published in 2021, is shortlisted for the Forward Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection.
Nisha Ramayya grew up in Glasgow and is currently based in London. Her collection States of the Body Produced by Love (2019) is published by Ignota Books. Recent poems and essays can be found in The Contemporary Journal, Spam Zine, and audiograft festival of experimental music and sound art.
Author photo © Edmund Hardy.
Peter Scalpello is a queer poet and sexual health therapist from Glasgow. His poems have been published in Penguin's literary magazine Five Dials, Praspar Press's Scintillas: New Maltese Writing, Pilot Press's A Queer Anthology of Healing and A Queer Anthology of Wilderness, Gutter Magazine, Impossible Archetype, Anthropocene, Fruit Journal, The Selkie, and Queerlings, among others. In 2021 he was nominated for a Forward Prize and Pushcart Prize. In 2020, he was shortlisted for the Creative Future Writers' Award, and longlisted for the Desperate Literature Prize, and the University of East Anglia 'Show Me Yours Prize'. He has performed his poems at events alongside Danez Smith and Andrew McMillan, and has read at Fringe!: Queer Film & Arts Festival 2020, Granta's Feminist Erotica readings, Homotopia Festival 2020, and University of Glasgow's Stay at Home Fringe 2020. His pamphlets Acting Out and chem & other poems were published by Broken Sleep Books in 2021. Limbic is his first collection.
Stephanie Sy-Quia was born in 1995 in California and now lives in London. She studied English at Oxford and currently works as a freelance journalist. Her writing has appeared in FT Weekend, TLS, Economist, Spectator and TANK magazine, and has twice been shortlisted for the FT Bodley Head Essay prize. Amnion is her debut full-length collection, published in November 2021, and is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for 2021.
Author © Alex Sy-Quia.