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Gower St. Poetry: Mona Arshi, Mary Jean Chan, Jacqueline Saphra

Tuesday 24th September 18:30 at London - Gower Street

To celebrate Gower Street’s love of poetry, we’re bringing together three phenomenal poets to celebrate and read from their new collections: Mona Arshi, Mary Jean Chan and Jacqueline Saphra

Mona Arshi worked as a Human rights lawyer for a decade before she started writing poetry. Her debut collection, Small Hands (Pavilion Poetry, Liverpool University Press), won the prestigious 2015 Forward Prize for Best First Collection. She will be reading from her second collection Dear Big Gods(Pavilion Poetry), which continues her lyrical and exact exploration of the aftershocks of grief.

Mary Jean Chan is a poet, editor and critic from Hong Kong. She will be reading from her debut collection Flèche (Faber), a Poetry Book Society recommendation. The title is an offensive technique commonly used in fencing, a sport of Mary Jean Chan's young adult years. Central to the collection is the figure of the poet’s mother, whose fragmented memories of political turmoil in 20th century China are sensitively threaded through the book in an eight-part poetic sequence.

Jacqueline Saphra is a poet and editor. Her critically acclaimed collection, All My Mad Mothers which explores love, sex and family relationships was shortlisted the 2017 TS Eliot Prize. Its new sister collection, Dad, Remember You Are Dead (Nine Arches Press) takes on the canon, examining fatherhood and daughterhood within a wider political and historical context.

Join us for a special evening of readings and celebration.

Ticket are priced at £10 / £8 students and Plus cardholders

London - Gower Street Waterstones, London - Gower Street
Tuesday 24th September 18:30
£8 Students & Waterstones Plus cardholders

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