Special Edition: Bi+ Lines

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Wed 6 Dec 2023, 8pm
National Poetry Library, Level 5, Blue Side, Royal Festival Hall
Literature & poetry
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Contributors to the first ever anthology of bi+ poetry read from their work live at this National Poetry Library event hosted by poet and editor Helen Bowell.

Come along to hear readings from Maria Ilona Moore, Rona Luo and Troy Cabida, who perform work from Bi+ Lines and take part in a panel discussion exploring the ideas of in-betweenness, poetics and sexuality.

They are joined by Ben Townley-Canning, founder and editor of fourteen poems, who takes part in the panel discussion..

Bi+ Lines is an Arts Council England-funded project for bi+ poets, historically excluded from both straight and queer spaces, seeking to increase representation, strengthen the community and allow bi+ people to reclaim creatively the in-betweenness that has been used to shut them out.

Following eight workshops for bi+ poets in spring 2023, as well as an open submission call, LGBTQ+ publisher fourteen poems has compiled Bi+ Lines – the first anthology of bi+ poets.

fourteen poems is a London-based publisher and poetry journal. Each issue brings together 14 of the best poets in the world, printing their queer takes on sex, love, race, gender and life in the LGBTQ+ global community.

Helen Bowell is a poet and producer. Her debut pamphlet, The Barman, (Bad Betty Press, 2022) was a PBS Choice. Along with Bi+ Lines, she co-directs Dead [Women] Poets Society and produces events and young people's programmes at the Poetry Translation Centre and The Poetry Society.

Maria Ilona Moore is a London-based writer and editor. Her writing has been included in anthologies by Dear Damsels and The Common Breath, in Popshot magazine, and in various zines.

Rona Luo is a queer, neurodivergent poet and acupuncturist. A Kundiman fellow and member of the Southbank Centre’s New Poets Collective, her work has appeared in ANMLY and The Massachusetts Review.

Troy Cabida is a Filipino poet, producer, and librarian from south-west London. His recent poems appear in fourteen poems, bath magg and 100 Queer Poems by Vintage. His pamphlet, War Dove, was published by Bad Betty Press in 2020.

This project is supported by Arts Council England, fourteen poems, Gay's The Word, Commonword, Manchester Poetry Library, Out on the Page, Spread the Word and The Writing Squad.

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Age recommendation

For ages 16+

Dates & times

Wed 6 Dec 2023, 8pm
Approximate run time: 1 hour 15 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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