We’re really sorry to announce that our event with Danez Smith on Monday is postponed, and we hope to rearrange for a later date this year. This difficult decision comes as a result of the cancellation of some of Danez’s US events due to Coronavirus concerns, and the uncertain UK situation. All tickets will be refunded today and we'll email all existing ticket holders when we have a new date.
Join us as we mark the publication of AFTER THE FORMALITIES, a new poetry collection by Anthony Anaxagorou. Anthony will be reading from the collection before discussing his work with Jack Underwood.
A knife is pulled. An Uber driver is racially abused on the day of the Brexit referendum. A father bathes his son in ice water. A schoolboy drives a drawing pin into a map of the world. The threat of violence is never far away in Anthony Anaxagorou's breakthrough collection After the Formalities. Technically achieved, emotionally transformative and razor-sharp, these are poems that confront and contradict; poems in which the scholarly synthesises with the streetwise, and global histories are told through the lens of one family. Anaxagorou 'speaks against the darkness', tracking the male body under pressure from political and historical forces, and celebrates the precarious joy of parenthood. The title poem is a meditation on racism and race science that draws on the poet's Cypriot heritage and is as uncomfortable as it is virtuosic. Elsewhere, in a sequence of prose poems that shimmer with lyric grace, he writes, 'I'm your father & the only person keeping you alive.'
Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. His poetry and fiction have appeared on BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio 4, ITV, Vice UK, Channel 4 and Sky Arts, and have been published in POETRY, The Poetry Review, Poetry London, Granta, The Rialto, Oxford Poetry, Wildness and The Feminist Review. In 2015 he won the Groucho Maverick Award and was shortlisted for the Hospital Club’s H-100 Award for most influential people in writing and publishing. In 2019 he was made an honorary fellow of the University of Roehampton. He has toured extensively in Europe and Australia. Anthony is artistic director of Out-Spoken, a monthly poetry and music night held at London’s Southbank Centre, and publisher of Out-Spoken Press.
Jack Underwood is the author of Happiness (Faber & Faber, 2015). He is a senior lecturer in creative writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Join us for the first public reading of ‘Look at Us’, a play collaboration by the writers and poets JJ Bola and Daniel Kramb, featuring actors Linda Wachaga and Ciaran Hammond.
In a dingy Dalston flatshare a young couple are sitting it out. Unable to deal with what’s happening out there, and what isn’t for them, they are spending their nights and days in bed, in thrall of social media, utterly powerless. Will you dare to look at them?
Featuring original music and poetry, ’Look at Us’ is a timely short play that takes on the political situation, gender roles, class, sexuality, and the influence of social media.
We welcome the authors and the director, Liisa Smith, as two actors read the script for this first opportunity to hear the work, leave your feedback, and perhaps even get involved.
JJ Bola is a writer and poet of three collections; ‘Elevate’ (2012), ‘Daughter of the Sun’ (2014), and ‘WORD’ (2015). His debut novel, ‘No Place to Call Home’, was first published in the UK in 2017.
Daniel Kramb is the author of three novels; ‘Central’ (2015), ‘From Here’ (2012), and ‘Dark Times’ (2010); and a collection of poetry; ‘Timid Takes’ (2013). Originally from Germany, he has lived and worked in London since 2003.
Originally from Estonia, Liisa Smith graduated from King’s College London / RADA with a postgraduate degree in theatre directing. Previous London credits include The Highway Crossing at the Blue Elephant Theatre and The Arcola (Time Out Critic’s Choice), On Raftery’s Hill at The Rosemary Branch (Time Out 4***), The Bird Sanctuary at The Rosemary Branch (Time Out Critic’s Choice), Happy Everyday! at The Lion and Unicorn, An Experiment with an Air Pump at the Lion and Unicorn (co-produced with The Giant Olive Theatre Company), and Belfy at The Space. Estonian credits include Poor Beast in the Rain (Vanemuine Repertory Theatre), Purge (Vanemuine Repertory Theatre: extended for three seasons, completed a national tour, and performed by invitation at the Finnish National Theatre), and chamber opera The Last Monogamist (Kamber). St Albans productions include The Beauty Queen of Leenane at the Abbey Theatre; and God of Carnage, Under the Blue Sky, and Betrayal at the Maltings Arts Theatre.