Poetry & Spoken Word Group AGM and Panel: How to Make a Living as a Poet

Location: Royal Court Theatre, London
Address: Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, Chelsea, London SW1W 8AS (nearest Tube station: Sloane Square)
Event time: 5.30-8pm
Join us for the PSWG Annual General Meeting and Panel: How to Make a Living as a Poet – with Rachael Allen, Sabrina Mahfouz and Roy McFarlane, chaired by Tamar Yoseloff.

Event details

5.30pm-6pm: AGM (SoA members only)
7-8pm: Social

PSWG Annual General Meeting

The AGM will consist of the chair’s report and election of new committee members. The PSWG AGM is free to attend for members, but attendees will need to reserve a place.

Panel: How to Make a Living as a Poet

Rachael Allen, Sabrina Mahfouz and Roy McFarlane, in a panel chaired by Tamar Yoseloff, will discuss how modern poets can effectively engage with publishers, readers and new audiences via traditional media, social media, residencies, gigs and festivals.

Tamar Yoseloff's fifth poetry collection, The Formula for Night: New and Selected Poems was published by Seren in 2015. She is also the author of Formerly, a chapbook incorporating photographs by Vici MacDonald (Hercules Editions, 2012) shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry; and three collaborative editions with artists (Marks and Desire Paths, with Linda Karshan; and Nowheres, with David Harker). She is currently Chair of the PSWG Committee.

Rachael Allen’s first collection, Kingdomland, is published by Faber. She was born in Cornwall and studied at Goldsmiths College. Nights of Poor Sleep, a collaboration with the painter Marie Jacotey, was published as a co-authored artists’ book in 2017 by Test Centre. She is poetry editor at Granta, and co-founder of poetry press clinic and online journal tender. She has received a Northern Writers’ Award and an Eric Gregory Award.

Sabrina Mahfouz is a playwright, poet, screenwriter and performer who has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and is the recipient of the 2018 King's Alumni Arts & Culture Award for inspiring change in the industry. She has been shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Award for Performance Poetry and has won a Sky Arts Academy Award for Poetry, a Westminster Prize for New Playwrights and a Fringe First Award.

Roy McFarlane has held the role of Birmingham’s Poet Laureate and Starbucks’ Poet in Residence, and is presently the Birmingham & Midland Institute’s Poet in Residence. Roy’s writing has appeared in magazines and anthologies, including Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe, 2012), Filigree (Peepal Tree, 2018) and he is the editor of Celebrate Wha? Ten Black British Poets from the Midlands (Smokestack, 2011). His first full collection of poems, Beginning With Your Last Breath, was published by Nine Arches Press in 2016.

For further information please get in touch with Nadia Bonini.