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Poetry Cafe

Poetry Cafe

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A celebration of the joy of words. Featuring the Brighton-based poet Roy McFarlane, British Indian poet Sharan Hunjan and Newcastle-based poet Jo Clement, join us for an evening of poetry, music and laughter as we celebrate our cultures and communities.

Roy McFarlane was born in Birmingham to Jamaican parents and now lives in Brighton. He has held the roles of Birmingham’s Poet Laureate, Starbucks’ Poet in Residence and Canal Laureate. His debut poetry collection, Beginning With Your Last Breath (2016) was followed by The Healing Next Time (2018), which was nominated for the Ted Hughes Award and Jhalak Prize. He is the editor of Celebrate Wha? Ten Black British Poets From The Midlands (2011).

Sharan Hunjan is a British Indian poet and teacher who grew up in Southall, London. She describes herself as being “interested in the poetics of language, post-colonialism and race”. She is a member of the radical writing collective 4 BROWN GIRLS WHO WRITE, who published a book of poetry and a zine together. She has been published in the poetry anthology Slam! You’re Gonna Wanna Hear This (2020). Her debut collection, Open Mouths, is published in March 2024.

Jo Clement is a Newcastle-based working-class poet and interdisciplinary maker of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller ethnicity. She is a Northern Writers’ Award winner, lectures in Creative Writing at Northumbria University and appears regularly on BBC radio. She is also the managing editor of the poetry magazine Butcher’s Dog. Her first poetry collection, Outlandish (2022), was shortlisted for the John Pollard International Poetry Prize and longlisted for the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize 2023.

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