Join us for a special York Centre for Writing Poetry Series event, where poets including Fran Lock and Mary Jean Chan will read their work and discuss poetry and its resurgent success and development in the 21st century. Chosen by Jackie Kay as one of her 10 Best BAME writers in Britain for the British Council’s International Literature Showcase, Mary Jean is a lecturer and critic from Hong Kong. Flèche (Faber & Faber 2019) is her first book. 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). Our reading series’ focus is BAME, queer and working-class writers, challenging old fashioned and out-of-date visions of what poetry and poets can be.