Poets’ Corner

“Dictators are always afraid of poets” – Ursula Le Guin

Housmans’ writer in residence Eleanor Penny will be running a day long Poetry Corner at the London Radical Bookfair. Situated at the entrance, an absolutely fabulous array of poets will be performing throughout the day; their words will take inspiration from Le Guin’s assertion that “Dictators are always afraid of poets”.

Ursula Le Guin

Poetry Corner will also feature a small group of stalls dedicated to poetry zines and publications where attendees are invited to meet and chat with the poets.

Performance Times

12:30-12-45 Joshua Judson

13:15-13:30 Zahrah Sheikh

14:00-14:15 Ari Haque

14:45-15:00 Anna Kahn

15:30-15:45 Ruth Sutoye

16:15-16:30 Eleanor Penny

17:00-17:15 Momtaza Mehri


Ari Haque is a Bengali-British writer who’s particulary interested in gender, mental health and cultural identity. She’s previously appeared in gal-dem, Orlando and Litro. By day, she’s a charity campaigner and, separately, has recently launched her own campaign on consent and sex education. Follow @wizard_ari on Twitter and @wizard.ari on Instagram.

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Ari Haque

Joshua Judson is a poet from Nottingham. His work has appeared in publications such as Magma and The North. He recently won second prize in the York Literature Festival Poetry Competition.

Joshua Judson

Anna Kahn is the host of the Unfinished Edits podcast. She’s a Barbican Young Poet and a former member of the Roundhouse Collective. Her work has been published by The London Magazine, Right Hand Pointing and The Rialto, amongst others. By day she does something inexplicable in tech. Follow Anna on Twitter: @AnnaCarlaKahn.

Anna Kahn

Momtaza Mehri is a poet, essayist and editor. She is a Complete Works Fellow and co-winner of the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and the 2017 Out-spoken Page Poetry Prize. She is the current Young People’s Laureate for London and columnist-in-residence at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Open Space.


Momtaza Mehri

Eleanor Penny is a writer, poet and journalist. She’s the online editor at Red Pepper, a senior editor at Novara Media, and Housmans Writer in Residence 2018.


Eleanor Penny

Zahrah Sheikh is a British Pakistani poet from Ilford. A Barbican Young Poet and a member of Octavia (a women of colour collective lead by Rachel Long) based at Southbank. She has performed at Heaux Noire, Boxed In and Rap Party. Has had work commissioned & displayed at Saint Paul’s Cathedral. Follow Zahrah on Twitter @zahrahsheikh and Instagram @zahrah_s.

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Zahrah Sheikh

Ruth Sutoyé is a poet, creative producer and visual artist. She is a Barbican Young Poet Alumni and member of the London based collective, SXWKS. Her work has been featured publications and platforms including Opus, True Africa, Bad Betty Press, HotDog Magazine and Buzzfeed. Commissions include St Paul’s Cathedral and The Barbican Centre. She is a Roundhouse Resident Artist and currently one of London’s Boat Poets in residence with Thames Water. Follow Ruth @RuthSutoye on Twitter and Instagram.

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Ruth Sutoyé