We’re very excited to be welcoming poets Rebecca Tamás and Lucy Mercer to the shop as part of Feminist Book Fortnight. Rebecca will be reading from her new collection, WITCH, Lucy will be reading a selection of her recent work, and then both poets will be joined by Olivia Sudjic for a discussion of their work.
WITCH by Rebecca Tamás is a raw, strange book of poems that merges feminist exploration with occult expression and ecological language. At turns lyrical, philosophical and obscene, Tamáss astonishing debut evokes the sexual prowess of nature as an organism that swallows and consumes. These are poems that unsettle the reader, taking them to dark, magical places where earth and blood, politics and pornography, intermingle; they celebrate poetry as a small, bright, filthy song.
A visceral, unflinching and darkly witty first collection that introduces a major new voice in British poetry.
Rebecca Tamás is Associate Lecturer in Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her poetry collection WITCH is due to be published in March 2019 by Penned in the Margins, and she is also the author of two poetry pamphlets, SAVAGE (Clinic Press, 2017) and THE OPHELIA LETTERS (Salt, 2013). Her work has been published in The White Review, Poetry Review, Poetry London, and The London Review of Books, amongst others. She was the 2017 Fenton Arts Trust Emerging Writer, and was the joint winner of the 2016 Manchester Poetry Prize.
Lucy Mercer lives in London. Her poems have been published in Poetry London, Poetry Review and The White Review amongst others. She was also a contributor to the anthology SPELLS: 21ST-CENTURY OCCULT POETRY (Ignota, 2018), edited by Rebecca Tamás and Sarah Shin. She was the winner of the inaugural White Review Poet's Prize.
Olivia Sudjic lives in London. Her recent essay, EXPOSURE (Peninsula Press, 2018), examined the anxiety epidemic, autofiction and internet feminism. She studied English Literature at Cambridge University where she was awarded the E.G. Harwood English Prize and made a Bateman Scholar. Her first novel, SYMPATHY (Pushkin Press, 2017), explored intimacy and connection in the digital age and was celebrated as one of the debut novels of the year.