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The Poetry Review Spring Launch

Wednesday 17 April 2019, 7:30 pm9:00 pm

The Poetry Review 109:1 spring 2019 cover image.
L to r: Carolyn Jess-Cooke, Inua Ellams and Sophie Collins.

Please join us in The Poetry Café as we celebrate the launch of the Spring issue of The Poetry Review.

Introduced by Editor Emily Berry, our exciting line-up of readers will be Sophie Collins, Inua Ellams and Carolyn Jess-Cooke.

Tickets are FREE but must be reserved in advance at [email protected] • Doors open at 7pm, readings from 7.30pm. 

About the readers

Sophie Collins

Sophie Collins grew up in Bergen, North Holland, and now lives in Edinburgh. She is the editor of Currently & Emotion (Test Centre, 2016), an anthology of contemporary poetry translations. small white monkeys, a text on self-expression, self-help and shame, was published by Book Works in 2017 as part of a commissioned residency at Glasgow Women’s Library. Her first collection of poems Who Is Mary Sue? was published by Faber & Faber in 2018; she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature the same year. She is a lecturer at the University of Glasgow.

Inua Ellams

Born in Nigeria in 1984, Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist and designer. He is an ambassador for the Ministry of Stories and has published four books of poetry: Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars, Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales, The Wire-Headed Heathen and #Afterhours, shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. His latest book is The Half-God of Rainfall (Fourth Estate, 2019). His first play The 14th Tale was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and his fourth Barber Shop Chronicles sold out its run at England’s National Theatre. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Carolyn Jess-Cooke is a poet and novelist from Belfast, now based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Her most recent collection is BOOM! (Seren, 2014) and her latest novel is THE BLAME GAME (HarperCollins, 2019). She recently received Arts Council funding to carry out research in the Arctic, which has yielded new poetry and a new novel, THE NESTING, forthcoming from HarperCollins. She is published in 23 languages and is Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.