Events

Book Launch: Say

Date: 21st October, 2021

Location: Online

The launch of Sarala Estruch’s “Say”, hosted by poet and academic Sarah Howe, with readings from special guests: poet and flipped eye editor Jacob Sam-La Rose, and poet and academic Mary Jean Chan.

Family: Chapter Films & Live Readings

Date: 2nd December, 2021

Location: Online

We take family for granted, don’t we? Even when they may be dysfunctional, there’s always the odd memory of some happy moments, at least. But family – whether blood or chosen – can be hard work too. Find out how family can be ‘not quite right for us’ through the poetry and prose of Maame BlueJoshua IdehenCheryl MartinShagufta Sharmeen Tania and Byron Vincent, accompanied by evocative images and photos.

Childhood: Chapter Film

Date: 15th November, 2021

Location: British Library + Online

Our early years should be carefree, stress-free, worry-free. Yet all too often we’re made to feel ‘not quite right’ in some way. What if, on top of all this, we find the very notion of ‘childhood’ lacking or very different in the place we grew up and the place we become parents? Jay Bernardafshan d’souza-lodhiXiaolu GuoJohn Hegley and Catherine Johnson examine these issues through poetry and prose, film, audio and image. 

Work: Chapter Film

Date: 1st -14th November, 2021

Location: Online

From the whimsical or tyrannical boss (often the same person), to structural inequality in large institutions, there seems little escape from the workplace blues — even for superheroes. Listen to the memoirs of Colin GrantKerry HudsonJohny Pitts and Jethro Soutar, accompanied by photos from those times, and be surprised to learn about the dark underside of life as a comic-book hero in a story by new writer Fergal Harte

Bath Spa Event

Date: 14th October, 2021

Location: Online

This event will be a celebration of the spoken word compered by Professor Lucy English. Spoken word poets afshan d’souza-lodhi and Joshua Idehen will treat us to an individual set and will take part in a Q&A. afshan and Joshua will share the digital stage with a student from Bath Spa University, who will read from their own work. This event is open to all! 

The Poetry Review autumn 2021 launch

Date: 13th October, 2021

Location: Online (Zoom)

Join The Poetry Society for the online celebration of the autumn 2021 issue of The Poetry Review.The exciting line-up of poets will include Rachael AllenSheri BenningSarala Estruch and Shane McCrae. The event will be introduced by Review Editor Emily Berry. Space may be limited, so book your place.

Travel: Chapter Film

Date: 8-17th October, 2021

Location: TBD

For many, ‘travel’ has been ‘not quite right’ for centuries, bringing conquest and oppression, inequality and ecological disaster, prejudice and walls to keep out ‘the other’. Hear five authors’ takes on this theme, from a play by Gabriel Gbadamosi  and a short story by Aminatta Forna to poetry by Michelle CahillRishi Dastidar and Rafeef Ziadah

NQRFU: Tales of Today/Tomorrow

Date: 1st October, 2021

Location: Online

Explore how today and tomorrow collide in poems by Francesca Beard and Laniyuk, and these essays by Nazneen Khan-ØstremNick Makoha and Raman Mundair.

Book Launch: Overrun by wild boars

Date: 19th July, 2021

Location: Online

The launch of Maia Elsner’s debut collection, overrun by wild boars. Join Maia, Isabelle Baafi, Arji Manuelpillai and Janel Pineda for an evening of poetry and conversation hosted on Zoom.

Book Launch: She can Still Sing

Date: 17th June, 2021

Location: Online/ BookBag Bookshop, Exeter

The official book launch of Louisa Adjoa Parker’s new poetry collection She Can Still Sing (flipped eye, 2021),a celebratory pamphlet that hums with the knowledge of what it is to have known pain, but still remember the pathways of joy.

A Trick of the Eye: flipped eye at 20

Date: 30th May, 2021

Location: Brighton Festival

Featuring flipped eye authors and alumni Amina Jama, Niall O’Sullivan, Maia Elsner & Roger Robinson reflecting on their contribution to flipped eye’s last twenty years. Together, they represent tangible proof that flipped eye’s success is not a trick of the eye, but testament to a commitment to true diversity

In Conversation With: Roger Robinson and Amina Jama

Date: 27th May, 2021

Location: Pages of Hackney

Celebrated poet and flipped eye alumnus Roger Robinson, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry in 2019 for A Portable Paradise, will be in conversation on Instagram Live with Amina Jama, alumna of Barbican Young Poets, member of the Octavia Poetry Collective and author of A Warning to the House That Holds Me (flipped eye, 2019).

In conversation with: Not Quite Right for Us

Date: 26th May, 2021

Location: Houseman’s

Sharmilla Beezmohun, co-founder of Speaking Volumes and editor of Not Quite Right for Us, will be in conversation with author and contributor to the anthology Colin Grant, to celebrate 20 years of flipped eye and 10 years of Speaking Volumes.

In conversation: Leila Segal & Martin Egblewogbe

Date: 20th May, 2021

Location: October Books, Southampton

Leila Segal, author of the collection of short stories set in Cuba, Breathe (re-issued by flipped eye, 2021) will be in conversation with Martin Egblewogbe, whose collection The Waiting (flipped eye, 2019) is set metropolitan Ghana.

In conversation with: Malika Booker & Samatar Elmi

Date: 12th May 2021

Location: Online/ Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham

Flipped eye alumna Malika Booker, winner of the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem for ‘The Little Miracles’ in 2020, will be in conversation with Samatar Elmi, who made his poetic début with the pamphlet Portrait of Colossus (flipped eye, 2021).