In Town Tonight – The Poetry Society’s open invitation to visiting overseas poets to read at our venue in the heart of London, The Poetry Café.
We are very proud to present a headline reading from Iranian-American poet and scholar Kaveh Akbar, in his very first European visit. Last year, his debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, was published with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK, and his chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press. You’ll want to watch as well as listen: we will be screening some of Kaveh’s short films to accompany his poems.
Kaveh Akbar will be welcomed to the café with readings from Rachel Long & Holly Singlehurst. Join us from 7pm for a drink – the readings will begin at 7.30.
Rachel Long was born in London in 1988. Her poems have featured in magazines and anthologies including Magma, Butcher’s Dog, PAIN and The London Magazine. She was awarded a Jerwood/Arvon Mentorship in 2015, is Assistant Tutor to Jacob Sam-La Rose on the Barbican Young Poets programme, and is the leader of Octavia – Poetry Collective for Women of Colour, housed at Southbank Centre.
Holly Singlehurst currently lives and works in Cambridge. She graduated from Birmingham University with an MA in Creative Writing in 2016. She has recently had work published on And Other Poems. Holly was shortlisted for the 2017 Bridport Prize, and was commended in the 2016 National Poetry Competition for her poem ‘Hiroshima, 1961’.