Wednesday 21 April 2021 | 8:45pm

Rachel Long & Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan: An Evening of Poetry

Wednesday 21 April 2021 | 8:45pm

Rachel Long & Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan: An Evening of Poetry

£6.00 - Single event ticket
£35.00£50.00 - Festival Pass
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We are disappointed to announce that this event is cancelled owing to unforeseen circumstances. If you’ve already purchased a ticket for the event, we’ll be in touch as soon as possible with details surrounding ticket refunds.

Rachel Long is an enchanting and heartwarming new voice in poetry. Bernardine Evaristo  

Join us in welcoming two of the UK’s most engaging contemporary poets, Rachel Long and Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan. Founder of Octavia a poetry collective for women of colour, Rachel’s highly anticipated first book, My Darling From the Lions, reveals a razor-sharp and original voice on the issues of sexual politics and cultural inheritance that polarize our current moment. Suhaiymah’s work entered the public eye when her ‘This is Not a Humanising Poem’ went viral in 2017, gaining over 2 million views. Her collection, Postcolonial Banter, provide a disruption of comfort, a call to action, a redistribution of knowledge and an outpouring of dissent. Join these two phenomenal poets for a conversation about their work interspersed with readings.  

Author Biography

Rachel Long (b. 1988, London) is the founder of Octavia Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour, based at the Southbank Centre. She began writing poetry after attending a workshop with Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, a transformative experience she describes as ‘radically intimate, and yet simultaneously expansive. I’ve been writing poems since I left that room.’ In her debut collection, My Darling from the Lions Long, she writes on love, the family, sexual politics. It has been shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize, the Costa Poetry Award, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.  

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is an educator, award-winning poet and published writer from Leeds. She is the author of poetry collection, Postcolonial Banter, co-author of the anthology, A Fly Girl’s Guide to University; co-essayist in I Refuse to Condemn: resisting racism in times of national security, and host of the Breaking Binaries podcast. Her work disrupts common understandings of history, race, knowledge and power – particularly interrogating the purpose of narratives about Muslims, gender and violence. She is published in The GuardianIndependentAl-Jazeeragal-dem and her poetry performances have millions of views online. Suhaiymah is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London and her poetry, articles and books can be found on University and school syllabi.