Amy Key Readings

Amy Key Readings


‘As for poetry, I fell hard for Amy Key’s Isn’t Forever, a gorgeous, sad box of delights about intimacy, bad bodies, sorrow… Key is adept at linguistic surprises, charting women’s lives with a savage delicacy.’ – Olivia Laing, The Guardian (Best Books of 2018)

'Her new collection, Isn’t Forever (Bloodaxe), is playful, surreal and enchanting but also rooted in brutal emotional honesty. She is writer of a rare and strange magic.' - Sarah Perry, The Guardian (Best Summer Books 2018)

‘Ms Key’s poetry is sublime. Read this to lose yourself in another person’s worldview entirely. Hypnotic with a cutting, witty edge, these poems invite you into a hall of mirrors reflecting everything about the self – from sex, to love, to death. Despite this, they are not alienating, but rather draw you closer and closer to understanding an inner transcendent human truth.’ – Max Wallis, Mr Porter (Best Summer Poetry)

Isn’t Forever is a PBS Wild Card Choice.  Sad and sunny, tightlaced and funny, you have to like Amy Key’s poems.’ – Claire Crowther, The Poetry Review


Amy Key's second book-length collection Isn't Forever was published by Bloodaxe in June 2018.  It was a Poetry Book Society Wild Card Choice for Summer 2018.



Friday 15 February 2019, 6.30-8pm, Verve Poetry Festival, Birmingham

The Old Rep Theatre, 45 Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY

Carrie Etter, Amy Key & Jane Yeh

Verve Festival's Friday evening poetry headline features three renowned contemporary poets. Amy Key’s second collection Isn't Forever was published by Bloodaxe in 2018 and was a Poetry Book Society Wild Card choice. Carrie Etter is a distinguished poet and academic who has been shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. Her fourth collection, The Weather in Normal, was a Poetry Book Society Winter 2018 Recommendation. Jane Yeh was named a Next Generation poet by the Poetry Book Society in 2014. Her third collection of poems is forthcoming from Carcanet in March 2019.


Festival passes also available.

Click here to book.


Isn't Forever reviewed in the The Yorkshire Times:

'The reader is continually astonished by the outrageous acuity of Key’s use of imagery; she persuades, utterly, on the most unlikely ground.' - Steve Whitaker, The Yorkshire Times

To read the full review, click here.

[09 January 2019]

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