Beyond Bounds: Britain Re-Presented in Poetry

Anthony Joseph image courtesy E Hamben

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What does 'place poetry' look and sound like in the 21st century?

Join poets Anthony Joseph, Jay Bernard, Kayo Chingonyi and Vahni Capildeo at a performance and discussion on a transformative poetics of place in Britain today. Black and Asian poets embedded in Britain share their visions and provocations. How can you be moved by place? What are your personal ‘maps’? Who are your neighbours in the joys and pains of ordinary life? What lights up your morning? What are your night-time songs?

Jay Bernard’s interests include graphic/public art, film, literature, technology, cyber-feminism, queerness and impending doom(s). Her most recent collection is English Breakfast. Kayo Chingonyi, author of Some Bright Elegance and The Colour of James Brown's Scream, ‘weighs each vowel and syllable as if it’s a thing of beauty’ (Apples and Snakes). Anthony Joseph, described as ‘the leader of the black avant-garde in Britain’, most recently published Rubber Orchestras. Vahni Capildeo’s cross-genre writing will appear next as Measures of Expatriation.


Beyond Bounds builds on the anthology Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe, 2012) and launches the nationwide touring phase of a project hosted by the Universities of Newcastle and Stirling. Further instantiations include the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh and Cultureword arts agency in Manchester. Local responses to place and poets’ interactions with schools will inform new creative and educational resources.

Mingle with poets and guests at a post-event reception, add your voice to help create a digital poetic map, or just enjoy. 

In partnership with the AHRC, Bloodaxe Books, Cultureword and the Scottish Poetry Library

Anthony Joseph image courtesy E Hamben


Name: Beyond Bounds: Britain Re-Presented in Poetry
Where: Conference Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £5.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546