With the launch of Black Cotton by Sea Sharp and Open Windows by Merrie Joy Williams, Waterloo Press proudly introduces LIT UP, our ACE-funded mentoring and publishing scheme for emerging poets of colour. The event includes Open Mic. Max ten readers, one poem each. First come, first served.
Black Cotton is the second collection by Sea Sharp, author of the prize-winning The Swagger of Dorothy Gale & Other Filthy Ways to Strut. (Iowa, 2017). Recently “Sea The Poet” has been migrating their work from the page onto the stage, creating performance art that makes use of spoken word in ways that are emotively confrontational and politically charged. Sea Sharp is still black, still queer and sometimes invisible.
Open Windows is the debut collection of Merrie Joy Williams. A poet, novelist, librettist, reviewer, and educator, with an MA in Creative Writing, Merrie Joy Williams was born in Manchester and has lived in London for over twenty years. She is a current poet-in-residence for ‘Let the Artists In!’ at MMU’s Special Collections, and the recipient of an Arts Council England award for her debut novel, SO. In October she read her poetry at the Southbank Centre as part of the London Writers’ Awards showcase
Seven further LIT UP titles are scheduled to appear in 2020: more details on the WP website.
Suitable for all ages.