“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.