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POETRY: Vahni Capildeo launches Skin Can Hold

Tuesday, Jul 30 2019
19:30 - 21:00
Vahni Capildeo & fellow poets
location: Lighthouse Bookshop

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Award winning poet Vahni Capildeo, author of Measures of Expatriation (Forward Prize, 2016), returns with a stunning third volume from Carcanet: Skin Can Hold.

The collection marks an adventurous departure for a pen-and-paper poet. These texts are the fruit of collaborative experiments in theatre, dance and other performance, drawing on burlesque and mime as well as Capildeo’s fascination with Caribbean masquerade. The poems are astir with voices and bodies usually kept ‘between the lines’ of poetry: a weeping poltergeist disrupting the decorum of a lyric; polyglot workmen along an ivory-tower city road. Novels are turned inside out to become dramas of sleaze and surveillance.

To celebrate this daring, vibrant collection we’re thrilled to host Vahni, alongside bold, playful poets Alycia Pirmohamed, Iain Morrison and JL Williams.

Remember you can buy your tickets in the shop & save yourself the eventbrite booking fee :P

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!

The Bookshop operates a Safe Space Policy which all guests and speakers are asked to respect - you can read it HERE.

As ever we have 15 free tickets available for this event! These are 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!


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