literature & poetry

Ten: Poets of the New Generation

Part of London Literature Festival

Get a seat to this showcase of 10 of the most internationally in-demand Black and Asian poets in the UK, in a special event from Poetry International in collaboration with The Complete Works.

Presented by British-Caribbean poet Malika Booker and Nigerian poet playwright Inua Ellams, this selection brings together voices energising and challenging the contemporary poetry scene and shaping its future.

Poets include:

- Raymond Antrobus, a prize-winning British-Jamaican poet, whose work radically alters our understanding of hearing and the sound of language
- Yomi Sode, a Nigerian poet and performer, who combines a powerful and distinctly British urban voice interlaced with African myth
- Degna Stone, a Northern based poet and co-founder/managing editor of Butcher’s Dog poetry magazine
- Momtaza Mehri, a scientist and poet who adds another distinctive flavour to this night of British voices

Other poets featured are Leo Boix, Ian Humphreys, Will Harris, Omikemi Bryan, Jennifer Lee Tsai, and Victoria-Anne Bulley.

The evening celebrates the publication of the Bloodaxe anthology, Ten: Poets of the New Generation, edited by Karen McCarthy Woolf. The culmination of the third Complete Works Poetry, a national organisation founded by writer and activist Bernardine Evaristo, that has played a key role in raising the level of diversity in major British presses from less than 1% to 14% over the last 10 years. This is now one of the most successful diversity initiatives in the history of British arts.

This event is supported with funding from Arts Council England.

Dates & times

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Included in Pass
£15, £25

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This event is included in both the Poetry International Sunday Pass and the Poetry International Weekend Pass.