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Poetry Book Society & NCLA: Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa, Jason Allen-Paisant and Malika Booker. Please note this event is not going ahead on 16 March. We hope to reschedule and will update the website and inform all who have booked about the new date.

Date/Time: To Be Confirmed

Venue: Culture Lab, Newcastle University

Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa is a neurodiverse poet, writer, dancer and choreographer and is currently a PhD student at Leeds University. Her extraordinary first collection Cane, Corn & Gully (Out-Spoken Press, 2022) invents a new method to archive Black diasporic dance in a way which encapsulates the non-linear cadence of a constantly evolving dance history. Kinshasa sees poetic form as choreography, and is fascinated by decolonising the page and expanding the notion of ‘Blackness’ through her work. She is an Obsidian Foundation fellow and an Apples & Snakes/Jerwood Arts Poetry in Performance recipient.

Jason Allen-Paisant is a senior lecturer in Critical Theory and Creative Writing at Manchester University and has published two poetry collections with Carcanet Press, Thinking with Trees (2021), winner of the 2022 OCM Bocas Prize for poetry, and Self-Portrait as Othello (2023). His monograph Engagements with Aimé Césaire will be published by Oxford University Press in 2023, and his non-fiction book, Scanning the Bush, will be out with Hutchinson Heinemann in 2024.

Malika Booker is a critically acclaimed poet, and a theatre and multi-disciplinary artist. She is the founder of the internationally renowned mentoring workshop Malika’s Poetry Kitchen and is currently taking a PhD at Newcastle University.

Introduced by The Poetry Book Society Manager Alice Mullen.

Free event, and all very welcome.

Jason Allen-Paisant