NPL Special Edition: Before Them, We
Date: 7th September, 2022
Location: National Poetry Library, London
Reflecting on a moment of radical change from the way we live to the way we perceive our family relationships, Ruth Sutoyé and “Before Them, We” poets share their personal stories in conversation with each other, reading from this exciting collection and engaging with the practice of memory.
Launch: Before Them, We
Date: 31st August, 2022
Location: Bush Theatre, London
Join us for a night of poetry, film and discussion as we celebrate the launch of the anthology BEFORE THEM, WE with editors Ruth Sutoyé, Jacob Sam-La Rose and some of the contributors to the collection. The evening will include poetry readings, a screening of Ruth’s latest poetry film, Matriarch’s Garden and a Q&A session with the editors and anthology contributors.
Articulations for Keeping the Light In at The Common Press
Date: 28th July, 2022
Inaugurating a collaboration between Barbican Young Poets and flipped eye publishing, Articulations for Keeping the Light In collects and celebrates work produced by poets of the 2022 cohort. Hosted by flipped eye Senior Editor and BYP course leader, Jacob Sam-La Rose, join Simran Uppal, mandisa apena and Jinhao Xie for an evening of poetry and conversation.
Family: Chapter Films & Live Readings
Date: 2nd December, 2021
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 Blue, Joshua Idehen, Cheryl Martin, Shagufta Sharmeen Tania and Byron Vincent, accompanied by evocative images and photos.
Friends: Chapter Films
Date: 14th November, 2021
Explore the complexity of human relationships in this film which features the poetry of Helen Mort, Ashleigh Nugent, Jamie Thrasivoulou and Tim Wells, and Tabish Khair’s social media-savvy story.
Based on a chapter from the acclaimed Not Quite Right for Us anthology, it also includes new art from Phill Jupitus among others, plus new music from award-winning composer Dominique Le Gendre.
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 Bernard, afshan d’souza-lodhi, Xiaolu Guo, John Hegley and Catherine Johnson examine these issues through poetry and prose, film, audio and image.
Work: Chapter Film
Date: 1st -14th November, 2021
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 Grant, Kerry Hudson, Johny 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.
Book Launch: Say
Date: 21st October, 2021
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.
Bath Spa Event
Date: 14th October, 2021
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 Allen, Sheri Benning, Sarala 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
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 Cahill, Rishi Dastidar and Rafeef Ziadah
NQRFU: Tales of Today/Tomorrow
Date: 1st October, 2021
Explore how today and tomorrow collide in poems by Francesca Beard and Laniyuk, and these essays by Nazneen Khan-Østrem, Nick Makoha and Raman Mundair.
Book Launch: Overrun by wild boars
Date: 19th July, 2021
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
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).