TEN Anthology Launch Events

TEN Anthology Launch Events

'These are poets from diverse and black and minority ethnic backgrounds who have been involved in a national mentoring scheme. And my God, they are the real McCoy. Will Harris, Ian Humphreys, Yomi Sode and Raymond Antrobus were among the poets whose work brought tears to my eyes. I have been to an awful lot of poetry readings in my life. Trust me, most don’t make me cry.’ – Christina Patterson, The Guardian [on the launch of the TEN poets of the new generation anthology at London's Southbank Centre on 15 October 2017]

The third anthology to spring from The Complete Works poetry mentoring scheme, a national programme supporting British poets from diverse backgrounds, is published by Bloodaxe Books on 28 September, National Poetry Day.  Ten: poets of the new generation (edited by Karen McCarthy Woolf) is being launched with a series of readings, exhibitions, conferences and dance events. The London launch of the anthology took place at the Southbank Centre on 15 October, with readings by nine of the ten poets, reviewed by Christina Patterson in The Guardian here. This will be followed on 9 November by an all-day Diversity in Poetry conference, at which a new report on diversity in publishing will be launched.

Ten: poets of the new generation (pictured above) are:

(top left to right): Omikemi Natacha Bryan (Pascale Petit), Leonardo Boix (Michael Schmidt), Victoria Adukwei Bulley (Catherine Smith), Will Harris (Sarah Howe), Ian Humphreys (Mona Arshi)

(bottom left to right): Degna Stone (Liz Berry), Jennifer Lee Tsai (Mimi Khalvati),  Yomi Sode (W N Herbert), Raymond Antrobus (Hannah Lowe) and Momtaza Mehri (Pascale Petit).

The poets’ mentors are in brackets.


Events Presented by The Complete Works Poetry and Dancing Words, New Lenses on Portraiture


Manchester Literature Festival, Manchester, Sunday 22 October, 7.30pm.

Reading by three of the poets from the anthology, Raymond Antrobus, Yomi Sode and Omikemi Natacha Bryan, plus editor Karen McCarthy Woolf.

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Diversity in Poetry Conference, Goldsmiths, Thursday 9 November, 9.20am-7pm

Conference organised by The Complete Works with Goldsmiths & Roehampton Poetry Centre.  Academic papers, presentations, films, readings, interviews and performances
plus New Lenses of Portraiture exhibition. Key note speakers: Prof Bernardine Evaristo MBE (founder of TCW), Prof Fiona Sampson MBE and Karen McCarthy Woolf.  Launch of Dr Nathalie Teitler’s new report on diversity: Freed Verse: Ten Years On.

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Evening Reading at Goldsmiths, University of London, 9 November 7.30-9pm

Reading by Mona Arshi, Sarah Howe, Kayo Chingonyi, Malika Booker and Karen McCarthy Woolf.


Friday 17 November, Manchester Anthony Burgess Centre

Manchester launch of TEN poets of the new generation.

Information will be posted in due course at: https://www.anthonyburgess.org/whats-on/

[18 October 2017]

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