Moniza Alvi Readings

Moniza Alvi Readings


‘As in her previous collections, Alvi probes the subject of dual-heritage, and the challenges and successes of living in between two countries. Concerned with borders of all kinds, Blackbird, Bye Bye also imaginatively treads the line between life and death… Blackbird, Bye Bye is a tender exploration of the world and human nature, which recognises “the carnage, the onslaught/ of the centuries” while managing to find solace in the redemptive powers of art, language and the natural world.’ – Sarala Estruch, The Telegraph

‘Through the metaphor of birds, Moniza Alvi writes with a sing-song clarity about her father’s emigration and death in Blackbird, Bye Bye… With a light tone, Alvi probes darker truths of what it means to leave one’s country and family behind.’ – Carla-Rosa Manfredino, Times Literary Supplement

Moniza Alvi's latest collection Blackbird, Bye Bye was published by Bloodaxe in June 2018.  This is her first new poetry book since her 2013 T.S. Eliot Prize-shortlisted collection At the Time of Partition.



Sunday 17 February 2019, 6-7.30pm, Verve Poetry Festival, Birmingham

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

Jacob Sam-La Rose, Alison Brackenbury & Moniza Alvi

The penultimate event at this year’s Verve Festival is the Sunday night poetry headliner, featuring readings and discussion with three poets.
Moniza Alvi is one of poetry’s national treasures. Her collection At The Time Of Partition (2013) was enthralling and was followed in 2018 by Blackbird, Bye Bye. Jacob Sam-La Rose is a force of nature in verse, but is so busy educating and working with young poets that he rarely gets to read himself.  His debut collection Breaking Silence was published by Bloodaxe in 2011, and was shortlisted for both the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2012.  Alison Brackenbury has published  nine collections.  She will be launching her Selected Poems, Gallop (Carcanet) at Verve.


Festival passes also available.

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Jacob Sam-La Rose will be running a workshop earlier in the day (1-3pm).

[13 November 2018]

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