Bloodaxe poets at Verve Poetry Festival 2022

Bloodaxe poets at Verve Poetry Festival 2022



Verve Poetry Festival, Birmingham, 16-22 February 2022

Pascale Petit and Phoebe Stuckes will both be reading at Verve Poetry Festival in February 2022.  They launched their latest collections Tiger Girl and Platinum Blonde together at Bloodaxe's first live-streamed event in September 2020.


Birmingham Hippodrome, Friday 18th February 2022, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

FRIDAY NIGHT HEADLINE EVENT: Nina Mingya Powles, Jack Underwood, Phoebe Stuckes

Verve's Friday evening poetry headline event features three incredible contemporary UK poets. Nina Mingya Powles’ debut collection, Magnolia (Nine Arches Press, 2019) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Book of Poetry in 2020. Phoebe Stuckes, four times winner of the Foyles Young Poets Award, released her debut collection, Platinum Blonde, in 2020 with Bloodaxe. Jack Underwood followed up his debut collection, Happiness (Faber, 2015) with a follow-up in 2021 called A Year In The New Life, which has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Hosting these three wonderful poets for readings and discussion is Emma Dai’an Wright, publisher and founder of Birmingham based indie The Emma Press.

Tickets: £6.50 in person, £4.50 livestream.

Book here.



Sunday 20 February 2022, 1 – 3pm, Lloyds

Pascale Petit Workshop: The New Nature Poetry

Workshop with Pascale Petit.

Climate change is urgent and poets are seeking new approaches to nature writing, ways which are not always white-centric. We can no longer reliably portray the natural world as a source of permanence and solace. We will focus on what the new nature poets are doing in the UK to refresh the tradition, for example, how race affects attitudes to being in nature. We will spend most of the session studying contemporary eco-poems and aim to gain new insights and come away with a set of techniques to try in our own time.

Booking information here.  In-person workshop tickets £22.50 (concessions £16.50).

Book for the online version here.  Tickets £16.50.


Sunday 20 February 2022, 7 – 8.30pm, Patrick Studio

SUNDAY NIGHT HEADLINE EVENT: Pascale Petit, Ian Duhig & Rachel Long

Verve Poetry Festival's final headline event of the weekend brings three vital poets together to read and talk about their work. Pascale Petit’s eighth collection, Tiger Girl (Bloodaxe Books, 2020), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize and for Wales Book of the Year. A poem from the book won the Keats-Shelley Prize. Her seventh collection, Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe Books, 2017), won the inaugural Laurel Prize for eco-poetry, and the RSL’s Ondaatje Prize. Ian Duhig is a Cholmondeley Award recipient and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose Selected Poems were published by Picador in 2021. Rachel Long’s debut collection, My Darling from the Lions (Picador 2020 / Tin House 2021) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, The Costa Book Award, The Rathbones Folio Prize, and the Jhalak Prize. This wonderful line-up, a real treat, will be hosted by Jonathan Davidson from Writing West Midlands and founder of Birmingham Literature Festival.

Sponsored by University of Wolverhampton

Booking information here. Tickets £6.50 (concessions 4.50).

Book for the livestream here. Tickets £4.50)

[15 December 2021]

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