Poetry from this place: Liz Berry & Naush Sabah
****PLEASE NOTE the line up for this event has changed.****
Due to unforseen travel issues, Caleb Femi is no longer able to appear.
Casey Bailey and Liz Berry will be joined by Poet-in-Residence Naush Sabah.
Guest Curator – and outgoing Birmingham Poet Laureate – Casey Bailey will be sitting down with two inspiring poets.
Liz Berry and Naush Sabah have the awesome ability to capture the environment that they inhabit in verse, and have fans across the globe. Expect a poetry reading, a discussion about writing about place and all their other wondrous exploits.
Chaired by Casey Bailey
About the speakers:
Liz Berry is a poet and tutor. Her first book of poems, Black Country (Chatto 2014) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014. Her pamphlet The Republic of Motherhood was published by Chatto in 2018 and the title poem won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Liz’s new collection, Dereliction, was published in 2021 and is a love letter to the Black Country, written in response to Tom Hicks’ photography of the region.
Editor and founder of the ground-breaking poetry magazine, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, Naush Sabah is herself a fine and bold poet. Naush will be attending events across the Birmingham Literature Festival, listening to the writing from the stage, but also absorbing the buzz of a festival that is all about sharing ideas.