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    NPL Presents: Earthbound

    Sat 29 Oct 2022, 7.45pm
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Literature & poetry
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    The National Poetry Library presents a gala of 15 poets, including Iain Sinclair, Nisha Ramayya and Eley Williams, who’ve all contributed to The Earthbound Poetry Series.

    Come along to hear from many of the most vibrant voices in contemporary poetry.

    London writer Iain Sinclair, described by Alan Moore as ‘the most crucial and most bar-adjusting voice currently resonating in the English language’, reads from his latest sequences of poetry.

    The evening also features poets Irum Fazal, James Goodwin, Kit Griffiths, Rob Kiely, David Grundy, Gizem Okulu, Joseph Persad, Nisha Ramayya, Jennifer Soong, Verity Spott, Laurel Uziell, Naomi Weber, Maria Sledmere and Eley Williams, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, The Republic of Consciousness Prize and a Betty Trask Award.

    All the poets in this exciting line-up of short readings have contributed issues to the Earthbound Poetry Series, a monthly booklet of new writing, printed by London-based Earthbound Press in eco-friendly riso inks on sustainably sourced paper.

    A well-stocked book table also presents some of the 70+ issues of the Earthbound Poetry Series, alongside work from other UK-based independent poetry publishers, where poets will be available to sign their publications after the event.

    Need to know

    Age recommendation

    Suitable for ages 16+

    Join the poets for a book signing after this event.

    Dates & times

    Sat 29 Oct 2022, 7.45pm
    Approximate run time: 1 hour 45 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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