Launch reading by Dom Bury, Jenna Clake & Tishani Doshi
This international launch reading by Dom Bury, Jenna Clake and Tishani Doshi celebrating the publication of their new poetry collections was live streamed on 20 April 2021. It is now available on YouTube - see below.
Owing to the time difference, Tishani Doshi's two readings and her discussion with Dom Bury were prerecorded at her home in India. Dom Bury joined live from Devon, and Jenna Clake from Newcastle upon Tyne, with editor Neil Astley hosting from his home in Northumberland. Their readings were followed by a separate live discussion between Dom and Jenna.
Jenna reads first in each set, followed by Dom, then Tishani.
Dom Bury’s Rite of Passage is an initiation into what it means to be alive on the planet in the midst of extinction, of climate, environmental and systematic collapse. It is a journey into the shadow of man’s distorted relationship with the earth. And yet in the utter darkness of this hour, these often provocative poems suggest that there is hope. That we have had to come to the edge of our own annihilation as a species to collectively shift how we live, that only in the dark glare of this crisis, can a new world from the ashes of the old one now be formed. Dom Bury is a writer and activist who runs workshops on the emotional and human impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2016 and won the 2017 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘The Opened Field’. Rite of Passage is his first collection. He lives in north Devon.
Jenna Clake’s Museum of Ice Cream is part simulation, part internal monologue, part attempt to reach out. An uncanny examination of objects, scenes, and flavours, these poems explore how food can connect and divide, can feel isolating and terrifying: public and private jars of peanut butter, a tray of lemons, unfurling chocolate bar wrappers. In turning to television, childhood films, and social media accounts, her collection investigates how to reveal and conceal, what it means to have a secret, to be intimate, to navigate something that should be natural, but feels sickly, sour, and wrong. Museum of Ice Cream is Jenna Clake’s second collection, following her debut Fortune Cookie (2017), winner of an Eric Gregory Award and the Melita Hume Poetry Prize, which was also shortlisted for a Somerset Maugham Award. She lectures at Teesside University and lives in Newcastle.
Three poems from Museum of Ice Cream are featured on Bookanistahere. Read a review in the Times Literary Supplementhere.
Tishani Doshi is an award-winning poet and dancer of Welsh-Gujarati descent. An exquisite collection from a poet at the peak of her powers, her fourth book of poetry, A God at the Door, spans time and space, drawing on the extraordinary minutiae of nature and humanity to elevate the marginalised. These poems, taken together, traverse history, from the cosmic to the everyday. Her poetry bestows power on the powerless, deploys beauty to heal trauma, and enables the voices of the oppressed to be heard with piercing clarity. From flightless birds and witches, to black holes and Marilyn Monroe, A God at the Door illuminates with lines and images that surprise, inflame and dazzle. Her debut collection, Countries of the Body (2006), won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and was followed by two collections from Bloodaxe, Everything Begins Elsewhere (2012) and Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods (2018). Her other books include two novels from Bloomsbury. She lives on a beach between two fishing villages in Tamil Nadu with her husband and dogs.
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