literature & poetry

Dead [Women] Poets Society

Who are our literary mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers? How do the women who wrote before us affect our practice today?

The Dead [Women] Poets Society is a conversation between women/non-binary poets of the present and of the past. They've run events across England with poets such as Rachel Long, Helen Mort and Frances Leviston.

At this event, Zahrah Sheikh and Ruth Sutoyé resurrect two dead women poets of colour.

By bringing writers to light to explore their histories, Sheikh and Sutoyé trace the influence of these poets of the past on their own writing today.

Zahrah Sheikh is a British Pakistani poet from Ilford. As well as being a member of Octavia, she is also a Barbican Young Poet Alumnus.

Her writing explores prayer, the self, the weight of an action and silence.

Ruth Sutoyé is a poet, facilitator, creative producer and visual artist.

She is a Roundhouse Resident Artist, Barbican Young Poet alumna and member of SXWKS collective. Her debut collection is forthcoming.

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National Poetry Library,

Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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