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100 Queer Poems: Andrew McMillan, Mary Jean Chan & Richard Scott

An evening of poetry and celebration to mark 100 Queer Poems, the landmark anthology of work by visionary poets past and present, from Elizabeth Bishop to Ocean Vuong. Join co-editors Andrew McMillan and Mary Jean Chan, and special guest Richard Scott, as they read from and discuss this luminous anthology.

Andrew McMillan's first collection, physical, was the first poetry collection to win the Guardian First Book Award; it also won a Somerset Maugham Award, an Eric Gregory Award, a Northern Writers' Award and the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His second collection, playtime, won the inaugural Polari Prize, and his most recent collection is pandemonium. His debut novel, Pity, was released earlier this year. McMillan is Professor of Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Mary Jean Chan is the author of Flèche, which won the 2019 Costa Poetry Award and was shortlisted in 2020 for the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize, the Jhalak Prize and the Seamus Heaney First Collection Poetry Prize. In 2021, Flèche was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. Bright Fear, Chan’s second collection, was shortlisted for the 2023 Forward Prize for Best Collection. Chan is the 2023-24 Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellow at the University of Cambridge and served as a judge for the 2023 Booker Prize. Born and raised in Hong Kong, they currently live in Oxford.

Richard Scott was born in London. His first book Soho was a Gay’s the Word Book of the Year and shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. Richard’s poetry has been translated into German and French. He is a lecturer in creative writing at Goldsmith’s, University of London, and he teaches poetry at the Faber Academy.

Doors will open from 6:45pm.

Tickets: £8 General Admission / £14 Book and Ticket, inc. a copy of 100 Queer Poems (RRP £10.99) Venue: The Auditorium (Level 6) at Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road Please note that the Auditorium at Foyles is fully accessible from the Ground floor lifts.