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Poetry Launch: RENDANG by Will Harris - In conversation with Jay G Ying

Wednesday, Mar 04 2020
20:00 - 21:00
Will Harris & Jay G Ying
location: Lighthouse - Edinburgh’s Radical Bookshop43-45 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, West Lothian, EH8 9DB

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Rising star of contemporary British poetry, Will Harris launches his first full length poetry collection, RENDANG, at Lighthouse Bookshop! He will be in conversation with Edinburgh’s own Jay G Ying.

In RENDANG, Will Harris draws on his mixed race heritage to investigate how we relate to the world and to each other, particularly through language. He writes of conversations with strangers in the street; of objects that act as oracles; of the words we use to perform ourselves to those around us; of what it feels like to be pinned, in the eyes of others, between two cultures. RENDANG is deeply personal but each poem exists in conversation with the world; they slip between people, performance and places, always looking, always listening.

Harris is an extraordinary new poet, as comfortable on the stage as he is on the page, and with this debut he secures his status as one of our most promising young British writers. RENDANG’s quiet experimentalism, its energy of the chance encounter, its recursive looking down into deep, luminous wells of things and feelings will hit you right in the heart.


Will Harris is a poet and writer based in London. He is the author of the award-winning pamphlet All This is Implied (2017) and has been singled out by the Evening Standard as a key voice in the next generation of London poets. ‘SAY’, a poem included in RENDANG, was shortlisted for the 2018 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and he received a Poetry Fellowship from the Arts Foundation in 2019. He is also the author of Mixed-Race Superman (2018), a book-length essay on Keanu Reeves and Barack Obama. He has written for the Guardian, the London Review of Books, Granta, the Poetry Review, and the White Review, among many others.

Jay G Ying is a Chinese-Scottish poet, fiction writer, critic and translator based in Edinburgh. He is a winner of a 2019 New Poets Prize. His debut pamphlet Wedding Beasts (2019) was shortlisted for the Saltire-Calum MacDonald Award. His second pamphlet Katabasis will be published in 2020. He is a contributing editor for The White Review.


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