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[UPDATED] The Poetry Review Spring issue launch

Friday 17 April 2020, 7:00 pm9:30 pm

L to r: Momtaza Mehri, Mona Arshi (photo: Photo: Svetlana Cemenko), Yomi Ṣode.

Programme change: Owing to the current situation related to coronavirus, all our in-person live events are on hold. We are currently looking at ways we can turn as many of these events as we can into accessible, online, digital versions. If you were planning on attending this event, please keep the date in your diary, and check our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds for the latest news.

The Poetry Society celebrates the publication of the wonderful Spring 2020 issue of The Poetry Review with an exciting line-up of readers featuring Mona Arshi, Momtaza Mehri and Yomi Ṣode, who will be introduced by the joint Guest Editors of this issue, Mary Jean Chan and Will Harris. Doors open at 7pm, readings begin at 7.30pm. 

The event is FREE but advance booking is essential to reserve your place.

About our poets

Mona Arshi was born in West London where she still lives. She worked as a human rights lawyer for a decade before she started writing poetry. Her debut collection Small Hands (Pavilion Poetry, Liverpool University Press 2015), won the Forward Prize for best first collection in 2015. Her second collection Dear Big Gods was published by Pavilion Poetry in 2019.

Momtaza Mehri is the co-winner of the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and the 2019 Manchester Writing Prize. Her work has been widely anthologised and has appeared in Granta, Artforum, Vogue and Real Life Mag; she has appeared at Poetry International and on BBC Radio 4. She is the former Young People’s Laureate for London and a columnist-in-residence at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Open Space. Her latest pamphlet, Doing the Most with the Least, was published by Goldsmiths Press.

Yomi Ṣode is a Nigerian British writer, performer and Complete Works Alumni. He has read poems at Lagos International Poetry Festival, Afrika Fest with Speaking Volumes in Finland, the New York Public Library with the British Council and at Edinburgh International Book Festival. His writing has been published in The Rialto, Bare lit Anthology, 10: Poets of the New Generation Anthology, Tales of Two Londons Anthology and the forthcoming Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space and edited Voices of London: barking and Dagenham. In 2019 Yomi was awarded one of three Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships and in 2020 he delivered the second annual Verve Poetry Performance Lecture. COAT, Yomi’s first one-man show, has toured nationally to sold-out audiences and he is currently working is his first poetry collection and second show.