Staying Human anthology launch events
The fourth volume in Neil Astley’s Staying Alive series of world poetry anthologies will be published on National Poetry Day, 1 October. It will be launched online at Berwick Literary Festival on 16 October and a series of events will be organised by Birmingham Literature Festival in October.
Featured as part of this year’s Birmingham Literature Festival, a digital festival that launches on National Poetry and runs throughout October, a new recording of a poem from the anthology will be released every day in October. The collection will celebrate the wide array of wonderful poetry and poets included in the anthology, a daily reminder of the power of connection and humanity in these uncertain times.
The recordings will be released across various social media channels and websites and available to listen to as a collection on Spotify at the end of October.
Details will be posted in due course at: https://www.birminghamliteraturefestival.org/
Film of readings by eleven of the Staying Human poets
Eleven poets included in Staying Human read short excerpts from their poems in the book: Tishani Doshi (extract from ‘Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods’), Wayne Holloway-Smith (from ‘The posh mums are boxing in the square’), Ruth Stone, 1915-2011 (from ‘The Excuse’), Jane Clarke (from ‘Who owns the field?’), Marie Howe (from ‘One day’), Jericho Brown (from ‘As a Human Being’), Elizabeth Alexander (from ‘Smile’), Patricia Smith (from ‘That Chile Emmett in That Casket’), Abigail Parry (from ‘The Quilt’), Louis de Paor (from ‘Marmalade’), and Thomas Lux, 1946-2017 (from ‘Refrigerator, 1957’), finishing with Jericho Brown speaking at Ledbury Poetry Festival about being first published in the UK in the previous anthology, Being Human.
[10 September 2020]