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We are delighted to welcome award-winning publisher Verve Poetry Press for an evening of live poetry to celebrate the publication of two stunning new pamphlets from rising stars of contemporary poetry: Big Sexy Lunch from Roxy Dunn and Hotel from Ali Lewis.
Dunn and Lewis will perform selected poems from their new collections alongside fellow poets Martha Sprackland, editor at Poetry London, and Alex MacDonald, Eric Gregory Award Winner 2016.
Big Sexy Lunch. An irreverent and entertaining account of millennial philosophy and relationships, Roxy Dunn's new pamphlet brims with observational wit and reflective self-doubt on sex, singledom, and falling in and out of love. With directness and honesty, she humorously scrutinises the conflicts and contradictions of attachment and our ongoing appetite for fulfilment. Dunn is a writer and actor who lives in North London. Her debut pamphlet Clowning, published by Eyewear in 2016, is their highest selling pamphlet and was described by PN Review as ‘quick-fire, appealing, lit by humorous warmth.’ Dunn’s poetry has appeared in The Rialto, Orbis and Ofi Press. A collection of her poems is also printed in the anthology Podium Poets #2, published by Nasty Little Press.
Hotel. This striking debut pamphlet from Eric Gregory Award winner Ali Lewis is a book of both close focus and great expansion. We zoom in on a snowflake’s edge and a freckled wrist, and at the same time witness the continents merge and the universe expand into something unknowable. In a collection that contends with the seeming inevitability of masculinity, of grief, and of people moving apart, Hotel puts a glass to the walls between rooms so we might overhear. Lewis received an Eric Gregory Award in 2018, and his poems have appeared in magazines including Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Ambit, Magma, The Scores, The Rialto and Textual Practice. He is Assistant Editor of Poetry London.
The event will be followed by a book signing, and the opportunity to continue the conversation further before the space closes at 9pm.
Tickets: £5 Standard
Venue: The Auditorium - Level 6, Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road*.
*Please note that the auditorium at Foyles is fully accessible from the lifts located on the Ground Floor.
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