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Sussex Poetry Festival
The Marlborough Theatre
Brighton United Kingdom
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Sussex Poetry Festival

Dolly Turing
Denise Riley
Nisha Ramayya
Eleanor Perry
Wendy Mulford
Sophie Mayer
Bhanu Kapil
Robert Kiely
Edmund Hardy
Richard Georges
Sammi Gale
Martin Corless-Smith
Elizabeth-Jane Burnett
Tom Allen


Tom Allen is currently a PhD student at the University of Sussex. Over the last two years he has published poetry and other things with Materials, Hi Zero, Mute Magazine, Steamer and Veer Press. He lives in South London and plans to publish more.

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is a poet, curator and academic from Devon. She holds a BA in English from Oxford, an MA and PhD in Contemporary Poetics from Royal Holloway,University of London, and studied performance at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York and Naropa. She is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Newman University in Birmingham. Her creative and critical work is widely published in the UK and US and includes Her Body:The City (2005), THIS IS MY ECONOMY: slam poems for quiet people (2009) and oh-zones (2012). Her work has been anthologised in a number of US anthologies and Dear World and Everyone In It (Bloodaxe, 2013)and Out of Everywhere 2 (Reality Street, forthcoming) in the UK. She curates text-led exhibitions in the field of ecopoetics and is currently collaborating on a poem-film on the poet John Clare and on a collection on wild swimming.

Richard Georges is a poet and lecturer in the British Virgin Islands. A finalist for the 2015 Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize, his poetry has appeared in Smartish Pace, sx salon, Barrelhouse, and is forthcoming in Wasafiri.

Martin Corless-Smith was born and raised in Worcestershire, England. He has studied both painting and poetry. His sixth poetry collection Bitter Green is forthcoming from Fence Books (NYC) in September, 2015. His first novel, This Fatal Looking Glass will be published in May, 2015. He currently lives and teaches in Boise, Idaho

Sophie Mayer is a writer and educator. She was the first writer-in-residence at the Archive of the Now in 2013-14, closing her residency with an avant-garde poetry workshop for children. In 2012, she co-edited Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot with Markie Burnhope and Sarah Crewe, followed by co-edited poetry activist projects Binders Full of Women (with Sarah), Fit to Work: Poets against Atos (with Markie and Daniel Sluman), and Against Rape (with Michelle McGrane). Her third solo collection, (O), is out from Arc this year, following recent chapbooks signs of the sistership (with Sarah, Knives, Forks and Spoons) and Kiss Off (Oystercatcher), and the books Her Various Scalpels (Shearsman) and The Private Parts of Girls (Salt). She works with English PEN on education projects, reviews poetry for Shearsman online, and film for Sight & Sound and The F-Word.

Eleanor Perry's work has appeared in various publications, including Tears in the Fence, SNOW 2, Caketrain, Lighthouse Literary Journal, Litmus and is forthcoming in Ilk Journal. Her readings have included performances at the Science Museum, Piano in the Woods and the Sounds New Festival. Her visual work has been exhibited at The Tactic Gallery in Cork and at Canterbury's Roman Museum. She was a founding co-editor of ZONE poetry magazine.

Nisha Ramayya recently completed a practice-based research PhD in experimental feminist poetics, at Royal Holloway, University of London. Working across various practices and forms  translation, performance, mythology and ritual  she tests the possibilities of a Tantric poetics. Examples of work can be found at Quaderna: A Multilingual and Transdisciplinary Journal, Visual Verse, and Jungftak: A Journal for Prose-Poetry. Please see for more information.

Denise Riley wrote War in the Nursery [1983]; 'Am I that Name?' Feminism and the Category of 'Women' in History [1988]; The Words of Selves: Identification, Solidarity, Irony [2000]; The Force of Language, with Jean-Jacques Lecercle [2004]; Impersonal Passion: Language As Affect [2005] and Time Lived, Without Its Flow [2012]. She's also published Penguin Modern Poets 10, with Douglas Oliver and Ian Sinclair [1996] and Denise Riley: Selected Poems [2000].

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Friday 5th June - £8
Saturday 6th June - £15
Weekend (the middle option on the site) - £20

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Co-organized by Joe Luna, Samuel Solomon, and Keston Sutherland


The Marlborough Theatre (View)
4 Princes Street
Brighton BN2 1RD
United Kingdom


Arts > Literary
Arts > Performance

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: The Marlborough Theatre
On BPT Since: Nov 07, 2011
Marlborough Theatre
01273 273870

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