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Saturday 16 June 2018


Zoe Skoulding, Verity Spott , Eley Williams  and D S Marriott, hosted by Emily Critchley


Zoë Skoulding’s recent books include Teint: For the Bièvre (Hafan Books, 2016) and The Museum of Disappearing Sounds (Seren 2013). She lives on Anglesey and is Reader in Creative Writing at Bangor University. Her poems often involve various kinds of wandering around, on the page and elsewhere, and are influenced by her interest in translation. She is currently writing a sequence of poems based on the French Republican Calendar, which after the revolution replaced saints’ days with animals, vegetables and agricultural implements.

Verity Spott is a poet, support worker, performer and musician from Hove, England. Books include Trans* Manifestos (Shit Valley, 2015), The Mutiny Aboard the RV Felicity (Tipped Press, 2017), Kate’s Dream Diary Anti-Fatigue Matting Surface (Crater Press), Click Away Close Door Say (Contraband Books. 2017), We Will Bury You (Veer Books, 2017), and Gideon (Barque Press, 2014). Verity is a member of Wolf Kid Theatre Company. “Ahead of you is a perfect sequence of rational and professionally state sanctioned grills, routers and sieves. Behind you is a repressed derangement of habitation. Inside you, a screaming barb of lyric, passion, expression and defiance. Now sit tight for the probe. ‘I never said that I was brave.’ ”

Eley Williams is writer-in-residence at the University of Greenwich. Her collection of prose, Attrib. and other stories (Influx Press), was awarded the Republic of Consciousness Prize 2018 and is shortlisted for the Janes Tait Memorial Prize 2018. A poetry pamphlet Frit is out with Sad Press, and she is taking part in a MacDowell Colony Fellowship this Summer.

D. S. Marriott was born in Nottingham 1963 of Jamaican parentage and was educated at the University of Sussex. He has taught there and now teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of Whither Fanon? Studies in the Blackness of Being published in 2018 by Stanford University Press; and Duppies, published in 2018 by London Materials. His previous collections of poems include, Hoodoo Voodoo (Shearsman, 2008) and Incognegro (Salt Publishing, 2005).

Emily Critchley has poetry collections with Boiler House, Barque, Intercapillary, Corrupt, Holdfire, Torque, Oystercatcher, Dusie, Bad and Arehouse presses and a selected writing: Love / All That / & OK (Penned in the Margins, 2011). She is also editor of Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America & the UK (Reality Street, 2016). Critchley is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Greenwich, London.)


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