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Emily Berry and Warsan Shire: NCLA & Poetry Book Society Spring Showcase

Date/Time: Thursday 28th April 2022, 7pm to 8pm

Venue: Via YouTube - details to be sent on booking

Join us at the NCLA & PBS Spring Showcase, when we will hear from the Spring Choice poet Emily Berry and Spring Recommended poet Warsan Shire reading from their latest collections and in discussion with NCLA Research Associate Theresa Munoz. The event will be introduced by PBS Manager, Alice Mullen.

Emily Berry is the author of three poetry books: Dear Boy (2013), Stranger, Baby (2017) and Unexhausted Time (2022), the PBS Spring Choice. She writes sleepcasts (bedtime stories) for the meditation app Headspace, and was a co-writer of The Breakfast Bible (2013), a compendium of breakfasts. Her lyric essay on agoraphobia, dreams and the imagination, ‘The Secret Country of Her Mind’, appears in the artist’s book Many Nights (2021) by Jacqui Kenny. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and editor of The Poetry Review, and lives in London, where she was born.

Warsan Shire is a Somali-British writer and poet born in Nairobi and raised in London. She has written two chapbooks, Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth and Her Blue Body, and is included in the Penguin Modern Poets series. She was awarded the inaugural Brunel International African Poetry Prize and served as the first Young Poet Laureate of London. Warsan wrote the poetry for the Peabody Award-winning visual album Lemonade and Disney film Black Is King in collaboration with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head is her first full collection and a PBS Spring 2022 Recommendation.

The live online event is free to attend, and all welcome. 



Warsan Shire © Layla Jeyte