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Sergius Seeks Bacchus : Queer Indonesian Poetry Night

Monday, Mar 18 2019
20:00 - 21:00
Norman Erikson Pasaribu
location: Lighthouse

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We are thrilled to welcome one of the most exciting writers on the international stage: the award winning Indonesian poet and short-story writer Norman Erikson Pasaribu!

Thanks to the fantastic Tilted Axis Press and translator Tiffany Tsao, Pasaribu’s writing is now available in english! Sergius Seeks Bacchus is a heartbreaking and humorous rumination on what it means to be in the minority in terms of sexuality, ethnicity, and religion - author and translator are with us to celebrate UK publication.

Drawing on the poet’s life as an openly gay writer of Bataknese descent and Christian background, the collection furnishes readers with an alternative gospel, a book of bittersweet and tragicomic good news pieced together from encounters with ridicule, persecution, loneliness, and also happiness.

The thirty-three poems in Norman Pasaribu’s prize-winning debut display a thrilling diversity of style, length, and tone, and telescope out from individual experience to that of fellow members of the queer community, finding inspiration equally in the work of great Indonesian poets and the international literary canon, from Dante to Herta Müller.


**You can also buy your tickets in the shop & save yourself the eventbrite booking fee. **

**We have 15 free tickets available first come, first served for this event, intended to make the evening accesible to those who are unwaged/ on benefits/ might not otherwise be able to attend - If you can afford a £3 ticket please book one as this supports the bookshop and allows us to save free places for those who can’t, thanks! **

The bookshop is wheelchair accessible, events are seated and speakers use microphones throughout their events. We have further details about accessibility HERE, or feel free to get in touch, we’re happy to help however we can!


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