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Contemporary Poetry Now!

March 19 @ 6:30 pm


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Contemporary Poetry Now! York Centre for Writing Poetry Series @ The York Literature Festival, 19/03/2020.

Join us for a special York Poetry Series event for the York Literature Festival, with award winning poets Khairani Barokka, Fran Lock and Mary-Jean Chan! Thu, 19 March 2020, 18:30 – 20:00. De Grey Lecture Theatre, York St John University.


Khairani Barokka, Fran Lock and Mary-Jean Chan will read their work and discuss poetry and its resurgent success and development in the 21st century, with series organisers Rebecca Tamás and Caleb Klaces. There will also be time for audience questions. Our reading series’ focus is BAME, queer and working-class writers, challenging old fashioned and out of date visions of what poetry and poets can be.


Fran Lock is a poet, illustrator, and political activist based in London, and the winner of the 2014 Ambit Poetry Competition. She is the author of several poetry collections, including Contains Mild Peril (Outspoken 2019).

Khairani Barokka (b. Jakarta, 1985) is a writer, poet and artist in London. She is author and illustrator of poetry-art book Indigenous Species, nominated for a Goldsmiths Public Engagement Award (Tilted Axis Press, 2016; Vietnamese translation out in 2018 with AJAR Press, and co-editor, with Sandra Alland and Daniel Sluman, of Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press, 2017), shortlisted for a Saboteur Award for Best Anthology and a Poetry School Book of the Year. Okka is currently working on a book and visual works. Her first full-length poetry collection, Rope, was published by Nine Arches Press in October 2017.

Mary Jean Chan is a lecturer and critic from Hong Kong. She was chosen by Jackie Kay as one of her 10 Best BAME writers in Britain for the British Council’s International Literature Showcase. Flèche (Faber & Faber 2019) is her first book, and it recently won the Costa Prize for Poetry 2020!


March 19
6:30 pm
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De Grey Lecture Theatre, York St John University
Lord Mayor's Walk
York, YO31 7EX
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