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Cai Draper – ‘SPRUNG’ (Launch)

February 19 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


We are absolutely delighted to be hosting the launch of SPRUNG – friend-of-the-shop Cai Draper’s first pamphlet of poetry (some of you may remember Cai as the creator and host of the very popular New Tricks poetry workshops, which ran at The Book Hive back in 2019…)

Published by the almighty Broken Sleep BooksSPRUNG is described as “an energetic and invigorating joyride through a few months in lockdown… As fresh as a change of shirt, as bright as a newly polished button, this is poetry completely committed to Frank O’Hara’s command to ‘go on its nerve’.”

We couldn’t be more excited to hear Cai read from his pamphlet and raise a glass (or two) to the publication of a truly exciting new voice in poetry.

Join us for a whole evening of word-related wonders on Saturday 19th February, when Cai will be joined by three other poets and performers — Iona May, Mira Mattar and Ellen Dillon — for a veritable smorgasbord of poetic delights.

FREE (but limited to 40 places, so book your place!)
Doors 7pm for a 7:30pm start. Est. end 9pm (we’ll have a break between readings at around 8pm)
Refreshments provided

Cai Draper is a writer from South London, living in Norwich. SPRUNG (Broken Sleep Books) is his first pamphlet, with other titles forthcoming from OrangeApple and Bad Betty Press later in 2022. You can find a selection of poems, prose and reviews at caidraper.com.

Iona May is also a performer and Religious Studies teacher. Drawing on her clown training, her poems take the trivial seriously and find ordinariness in catastrophe. Her pamphlet, Hare. Door. Hand. Bedsheet, will be published by Verve Poetry Press this autumn.

Mira Mattar writes fiction and poetry. She is an independent researcher, editor, and tutor. Her novel, Yes, I Am A Destroyer was published in 2020 by Ma Bibliothèque and her chapbook, Affiliation, was published in 2021 by Sad Press. Her first collection of poems, The Bow, was recently published by The 87 Press. She lives and works in London.

Ellen Dillon is a poet and teacher from Limerick. Her most recent book, Morsel May Sleep, was published by Sublunary Editions in June 2021, and Butter Intervention is forthcoming from Veer 2.  Other books and pamphlets include Heave (Smithereens Press, 2018), Sonnets to Malkmus (Sad Press, 2019), Achatina, achatina!  (2019, SoundEye Press) and Excavate (Poems after Pasolini) (2020, Oystercatcher Press).


February 19
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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