Join us for the London launch of Zebra – the debut poetry collection from Ian Humphreys. Published by Nine Arches Press, the book shimmers with music, wit and humour while exploring mixed identities, otherness, and coming-of-age as a gay man in 1980s Manchester. A heady cocktail of the playful, political and mythical, Zebra finds the outlandish in the familiar, and is at times hauntingly moving.
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The London launch of Zebra by Ian Humphreys
Thursday 16 May 2019, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
“A powerful, moving, original body of work. These are poems which will find readers, hit nerves, matter to people… and what more can we want for our work?” – Jean Sprackland
“Ian Humphreys has an enviable gift of finding final lines of poems, many of which are seared on the surface of my memory.” – Mona Arshi
“Zebra is a love poem to identity…the collection rings with an extraordinary combination of pride and fury, love and grief. Glorious in every sense of the word, this is an important book, and I am very grateful for it.” – Clare Shaw
Ian is joined by guest readers Leo Boix, Will Harris and Jessica Mookherjee
Ian Humphreys has had work featured in journals and anthologies such as The Poetry Review, The Rialto, Magma and The Forward Book of Poetry 2019. Awards include first prize in the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize. He has been highly commended in the Forward Prizes for Poetry, and two of his poems have been longlisted in the National Poetry Competition. Ian is a fellow of The Complete Works, which promotes diversity, quality and innovation in British poetry. A portfolio of his poems is published in Ten: Poets of the New Generation (Bloodaxe).
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