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The Poetry Book Society has joined forces with Time Productions and The Stationers Company to produce a spectacular performance at The Guild Church of Saint Martin within Ludgate. Taking John Donne's theme of No Man Is An Island, this will be a unique extravaganza of poetry and music for these fractious times. Join us on the 23rd November for a powerful evening of poetry spanning from the 17th century metaphysical poets John Donne, Andrew Marvell and Katherine Philips through to powerful 21st century modern poets Malika Booker, Ellen Hinsey, Hannah Sullivan and Judith Kazantzis. The poems will be performed by the electrifying PBS Winter Choice poet Raymond Antrobus and distinguished T S Eliot winner David Harsent, interwoven with music by Holly Cullen Davies and her creative and versatile performance project, Live Junction.



Raymond Antrobus was born in London, Hackney, to an English mother and Jamaican father and is the author of To Sweeten Bitter and The Perseverance. He is a founding member of Chill Pill and Keats House Poets Forum and the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Complete Works 3 and Jerwood Compton Poetry. He is also one of the world's first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word education from Goldsmiths University. In 2018 he was awarded The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize.

Hannah Sullivan lives in London and teaches modern English Literature at New College, Oxford. After reading Classics as an undergraduate, she received a PhD in English from Harvard in 2008 and taught at Stanford University in California for three years. Her academic book The Work of Revision was, in fact, a study of the complicated and indirect ways in which writers draft and revise. She is currently writing a book on free verse, funded by a Philip Leverhulme Prize. Her debut collection Three Poems (Faber) was a PBS Spring Recommendation.

Ellen Hinsey has published eight books of poetry, essays, dialogue and literary translation, including Mastering the Past: Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe and the Rise of Illiberalism (Telos Press, 2017). Her volumes of poetry include Cities of Memory, which received the Yale Series Award, The White Fire of Time and Update on the Descent, a National Poetry Series Finalist, which draws on her experience at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Magnetic North: Conversations with Tomas Venclova / Ellen Hinsey explores ethical experience under totalitarianism. A former faculty member of Skidmore College’s Paris programme, she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Lannan and Rona Jaffe Foundation fellowships. 

David Harsent has published ten collections of poetry. Night (2011), was a Poetry Book Society Choice, was shortlisted for the Costa, Forward and T. S. Eliot poetry prizes and won the Griffin International Poetry Prize. The most recent, Fire Songs, was published in 2014 and Salt in 2018.

Malika Booker is a British poet of Guyanese and Grenadian parentage and the founder of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen. Her collection Pepper Seed, (Peepal Tree Press, 2013) was shortlisted for the OCM Bocas 2014 poetry prize, and the Seamus Heaney Centre 2014 prize for first full collection. She was recently awarded the Cultural Fellowship in Creative Writing/ Literary Art post at Leeds University. Malika was the first British poet to be a fellow at Cave Canem and the inaugural Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Malika has also written for the stage and radio, and poems are widely published in anthologies and journals including: Out of Bounds, Black & Asian Poets (Bloodaxe 2012); Ten New Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010); The India International Journal 2005 and Bittersweet: Contemporary Black Women’s Poetry (The Women’s Press 1998).

Judith Kazantzis was born in 1940 and divided much of her adult life between London and Key West, Florida. Judith Kazantzis published nine books of poetry, including Selected Poems 1977-1992, The Odysseus Poems and Just after Midnight. She was also awarded the prestigious Cholmondeley Award.

Tickets are available here at £20 or £15 for PBS Members. 


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