presented by Poet in the City

23rd April . 7:30pm .
£10 - £16 full price, £8 - £14 concessions

Get to know the poet who forged a new language for sexuality and war politics for generations to come: Adrienne Rich.

For Adrienne Rich, poetry was not intended to massage an egotistical dream of the aesthetic. She wrote to bring change into being, to break taboos and to challenge perceived truth. Hear from some of the voices who have been deeply inspired by Rich, the revolutionary poet still considered today as one of the most poignant voices behind the 1960’s anti-war, feminist and LGBT rights movements. Featuring writer and academic Joanna Bourke and poet Mary Jean Chan.

Joanna Bourke
is Professor of History at Birkbeck College and is a Fellow of the British Academy. Over the years, her books have ranged from the social and economic history of Ireland in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to social histories of the British working classes between 1860 and 1960s, to cultural histories of military conflict between the Anglo-Boer war and the present. She has worked on the history of the emotions, particularly fear and hatred, and the history of sexual violence. Joanna is also the author of Pain and Poetics: Forty Years of Adrienne Rich.

Mary Jean Chan
is a poet, academic and editor from Hong Kong. Her work has appeared in The 2018 Forward Book of Poetry and The Poetry Review amongst others. Her debut pamphlet will be published by ignitionpress in 2018. Chan’s writing is informed by ruminations on the state of mental health amongst LGBTQ youths in a city she fled from, yet constantly wishes to return to. Chan describes Adrienne Rich to be a poet that ‘open[ed] up a whole new word for me in which poetry was not only enjoyable, but vital to life.’

Part of The Dream of a Common Language: The Women Poets Who Changed 1968 series. 
From the anti-war and civil rights movements to feminist and LGBT activism, this series puts focus on the women poets who played a crucial role in the seismic social and political change of 1968, 50 years on.

Save 20% when you book for both Poet in the City events at Wilton's Music Hall in the same transaction. Offer only available until 8th March 2018. 

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