Poetry Book Launch - Shazea Quraishi & Kathryn Simmonds

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Poetry Book Launch - Shazea Quraishi & Kathryn Simmonds

Shazea Quraishi (The Glimmer) and Kathryn Simmonds (Scenes From Life on Earth) launch their new poetry collections

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Fitzrovia Chapel 2 Pearson Square London W1T 3BF United Kingdom

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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The Glimmer

In an artists’ colony in Mexico, a taxidermist tends animals in their after-life and encounters artists including a painter of miniatures, a ghazal singer and dancers from Tanzteater Wuppertal, as they reflect on the impulse to make work and meaning in a world where value is increasingly monetised.

'Constraint, precision and technical mastery characterise this compelling and generous narrative of collective artistic endeavour. If the 'form is the measure of the obsession' then this collection is a lifelong obsession with the truth-telling nature of art.' - Sasha Dugdale.

The Glimmer is Shazea’s second full-length collection. Other books include The Taxidermist (Verve Poetry Press, 2020), The Art of Scratching (Bloodaxe Books, 2015), and The Courtesans Reply (flipped eye publishing, 2012). Shazea's poems have been anthologised and published in the UK and US, in The Guardian, The Finacial Times, and the Poetry Review among others.

Scenes From Life on Earth

Addressing themes of loss, motherhood, and the natural world – Scenes from Life on Earth explores how we grieve the passing of life, and continue to celebrate it.

‘In poems that are searching, though not solemn, Kathryn Simmonds is attentive to the everyday while conveying the unspoken, and the mysteries of life and death with which we live.’ – Moniza Alvi

Kathryn Simmonds has published two poetry collections, Sunday at the Skin Launderette (2008) which won the Forward Prize for best first collection, and The Visitations (2013). Her poems have appeared in various publications including Poetry, The Guardian, The New Statesman, The Poetry Review and The Irish Times, and along with her short stories have been broadcast on BBC radio.

Please join us to celebrate the launch of these two books. There will be wine, short readings, and books for sale.

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