Sat 23 Sept, 7.30-8.30 pm, St Peter's Church, De Beauvoir Sq.
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Daisy Lafarge, Oluwaseun Olayiwola, K Patrick and Kandace Siobhan Walker read their poetry
Four distinctive poets read new work in the resonating space of St Peter’s nave: your chance to hear the best new lyric, exhilarating and compelling. Daisy Lafarge’s Life Without Air is a manifesto for ecological interrelation that moves with dense intimacy. Oluwaseun Olayiwola’s forthcoming Strange Beach promises more of his closely-worked rhythmic attention to embodiment and emotion. K Patrick’s forthcoming Three Births, like their novel Mrs K, will be a sensual riot of queer passion in wrought language. And White Review poetry prize winner Kandace Siobhan Walker continues the dazzling linguistic magic of her chapbook Kaleido in Cowboy, which finds the wild weirdness under the slick of 21st century online life and its verbal tics. Listen in!
Daisy Lafarge lives in Glasgow. She is the author of the poetry collection Life Without Air (Granta, 2020) which was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and named Scottish Poetry Book of the Year, and the novel Paul (Granta, 2021) which won a Betty Trask Award and was a New York Times Editor's Choice. Lovebug, a short book on the poetics of infection, is forthcoming with Peninsula Press in 2023.
Oluwaseun Olayiwola is a poet, critic, and choregrapher living in London. His poems have been published in the Guardian, The Poetry Review, Oxford Poetry, fourteenpoems and elsewhere. In 2023, he placed second in the Ledbury Poetry Competition. He became a Ledbury Poetry Critic in 2021 and since then his criticism has been published in Telegraph, TLS, the Poetry School, and Magma. Oluwaseun was an inaugural member of the Southbank Poetry Collective. He also has an MFA in Choreography from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. His debut collection is forthcoming from Granta.
K Patrick is a writer based in Scotland. Their poetry has appeared in Poetry Review, Granta and Five Dials, and was shortlisted for The White Review Poet’s Prize in 2021, the same year that K was also shortlisted for The White Review’s Short Story Prize. Their debut novel, Mrs S, published by Fourth Estate (UK) and Europa (US) was selected as an Observer Best Debut of the Year, and K was named a Granta Best of Young British Novelists for 2023. Their debut poetry collection, Three Births, will be published by Granta Poetry in 2024.
Kandace Siobhan Walker is a writer and artist of Jamaican-Canadian, Saltwater Geechee and Welsh heritage. She is the author of two books of poetry, Kaleido (Bad Betty Press, 2022) and Cowboy (CHEERIO, 2023). Her writing has recently appeared in The Poetry Review, Lugubriations and Bad Lilies. Her films include Cleaning Ladies II (2021), Seine (2022) and Harmoniad (2023). She lives in Southeast London.
Daisy Lafarge headshot © Izzy Leach
Kandace Siobhan Walker headshot © Alexander Gelder