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Launch for “Contemporary Gothic Verse” and “Requiem”

Friday 29 November 2019, 7:00 pm10:00 pm

Join The Emma Press for an evening of readings to celebrate the launch of their newest poetry anthology and pamphlet: “The Emma Press Anthology of Contemporary Gothic Verse”, edited by Nisha Bhakoo, and “Requiem” by Síofra McSherry. The books will be available to purchase.


“The Emma Press Anthology of Contemporary Gothic Verse” is haunting, romantic, and full of dark doorways and strange spaces which readers will get thoroughly lost in. It’s a hand in a velvet glove, ready to grasp you by the elbow and lead you through an array of ravishing and heart-racing encounters.

This anthology engages deeply and playfully with the rich and unsettling tradition of gothic literature from which these poems emerge, and updates it for a 21st century readership. The featured poets twist traditional stories, set the rule books on fire, and know that to truly surprise and unnerve, you may have to traverse some wild, remote places…


“Requiem” by Síofra McSherry is a series of 12 numbered poems, based on the structure of the Latin Requiem Mass as it is sung. Within the formal structure and the topic of death, it contains lighter reflections on mortality, juxtaposing the engagement with the old text with modern references.


The event will be presented by Emma Wright and introduced by Nisha Bhakoo.


18 + only.

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