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Event: Raymond Antrobus and Rachel Long
February 7 @ 19:00 - 21:00£5
We're very excited to welcome poets Raymond Antrobus and Rachel Long to the shop to read from their recent work.
The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus
The Perseverance is the remarkable debut book by British-Jamaican poet Raymond Antrobus.
Ranging across history and continents, these poems operate in the spaces in between, their haunting lyrics creating new, hybrid territories. The Perseverance is a book of loss, contested language and praise, where elegies for the poet’s father sit alongside meditations on the d/Deaf experience.
Raymond Antrobus was born in Hackney, London to an English mother and Jamaican father. He is one of the world’s first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word Education from Goldsmiths, University of London. Raymond is a founding member of Chill Pill and the Keats House Poets Forum. In 2018 he was awarded the Geoffrey Dearmer Award by the Poetry Society (judged by Ocean Vuong). Raymond currently lives in London and spends most his time working nationally and internationally as a freelance poet and teacher.
Rachel Long is a poet and the founder of Octavia – Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour, which is housed at Southbank Centre, London. She was shortlisted for Young Poet for Laureate for London in 2014 and awarded a Jerwood/Arvon Foundation mentorship in 2015. Rachel has run poetry workshops for The Poetry School, The Serpentine Galleries and at University of Oxford. She is Assistant Tutor to Jacob Sam La-Rose on the Barbican Young Poets programme 2015-present.
Octavia is a poetry collective for womxn of colour founded in response to the lack of diversity in literature and academia.