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Wretched Strangers – Poetry Reading


March 8, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Exchange
Twickenham, London + Google Map

In response to surges of violent British nationalism and political paranoia around borders, and to related social and ethical crises JT Welsch and Ágnes Lehóczky have assembled an anthology to mark the vital contribution of non-UK-born writers to this country’s poetry culture. Wretched Strangers brings together innovative writing from around the globe, celebrating the irreducible diversity such work brings to ‘British’ poetry. While documenting the challenges faced by writers from elsewhere, these pieces offer hopeful re-conceptions of ‘shared foreignness’ as Lila Matsumoto describes it, and the ‘peculiar state of exiled human,’ in Fawzi Karim’s words.

Come and hear some of the 125 poets reading from their work during the night:

Tim Atkins, Agnes Lehoczky, Agnieszka Studzinska, Katherine E Bash, Ana Seferovic, Angelina D’Roza, Serena Breida, Luke McMullan, Anthony Howell, Iris Colomb, Astra Papachristodoulou, Alex Houen, Geoff Gilbert, Monika Genova, James Byrne, Lila Matsumoto, JR Carpenter, JT Welsch.

The book is published, including 125 poets, by Boiler House Press to commemorate the anniversary of the June 2016 EU Referendum and in solidarity through struggles ongoing and to come. Proceeds will be donated to charities fighting for the rights of refugees. Available on: https://www.boilerhouse.press/wretched-strangers

Tickets: £4 (£2 off the cost of the book)