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    Warsan Shire at WOW: Bless the Daughter

    Sat 12 Mar, 8.30pm
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Literature & poetry
    past event
    past event
    Portrait of Warsan Shire
    Leyla Jeyte

    The poet Warsan Shire launches her long-awaited first full-length poetry collection, Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head, with Bernardine Evaristo.

    'The beautifully crafted poems in this collection are fiercely tender gifts,' says writer Roxane Gay.

    Shire is the celebrated collaborator on Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Black Is King, and London’s first ever Young Poet Laureate.

    This electrifying collection features poems of migration, womanhood, trauma and resilience; drawing on Shire’s own life, pop culture and news headlines.

    In this event, Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head is brought to life by Shire and Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo.

    In Shire’s hands, lives spring into fullness. This is noisy life, full of music and weeping and surahs and sirens and birds. This is fragrant life, full of blood and perfume and shisha smoke and jasmine and incense.

    The collection from one of our most exciting contemporary poets promises that each reader – and everyone who joins this event – comes away changed.

    Part of WOW – Women of the World festival. WOW celebrates women, girls and non-binary people, takes a frank look at the obstacles they face and discusses solutions for change.

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    Copies of Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head are available to purchase as an optional add-on for a discounted price of £9.99 when you buy a ticket to the talk. These may be collected at the event.

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    Dates & times

    Sat 12 Mar, 8.30pm


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