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Malika Booker and Jo Shapcott

A poetry reading

Date/Time: Thursday 12 December, 7.15pm

Venue: Culture Lab

Malika Booker’s pamphlet, Breadfruit, was published by flipped eye in 2007. Her first full-length collection, Pepper Seed (Peepal Tree, 2013), was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize. She has written extensively for stage and radio and was the first Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2017 ‘Nine Nights’ was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. She was awarded an AHRC Doctoral Scholarship at Newcastle University in 2019.

Jo Shapcott has won the National Poetry Competition twice and is the author of seven acclaimed collections from Faber & Faber, including Electroplating the Baby (1988), which won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, Phrase Book (1992) and My Life Asleep (1998), which won the Forward Poetry Prize. Of Mutability (2010) was awarded the overall Costa Book Award. She received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2011.

Malika Booker (c) Siro Micheroli