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TOGARA MUZANENHAMO & NAUSH SABAH, reading with Aly Stoneman, Tuesday Shannon, Josh Short and Lucas Parkinson
Togara Muzanenhamo was born to Zimbabwean parents in Lusaka, Zambia in 1975. He was brought up in Zimbabwe, and then went on to study in The Hague and Paris. He became a journalist in Harare and worked for a film script production company. He has published three collections of poetry, Spirit Brides (2006), Gumiguru (2014), and most recently Virga (2021), a Poetry Book Society Autumn Recommendation. He has been shortlisted for the Jerwood Alderburgh First Collection Prize and the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry. Naush Sabah is the author of Litanies (Gullemot Press, 2021), and the editor and founder of Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal. Her other work includes the short play Coins, which was staged at The Rep. Litanies, from which she will read, uses Sufi prayers and sacred texts as starting points, to explore doubt, dissent and dislocation. In the Guardian, David Wheatley wrote: 'Already well known as an editor, Sabah’s blossoming as a poet is a spectacle to behold.'

Support will come from Aly Stoneman, who recently completed her Midlands3Cities-funded PhD at NTU and who is the author of the pamphlet Lost Lands (Crystal Clear), and Tuesday Shannon, a current NTU Midlands4Cities PhD student who is included in Take Three (SoundsWrite, 2019). There will also be short readings from Lucas Parkinson and Josh Short, two excellent NTU BA Creative Writing students. The event will be chaired by NTU Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature, Rory Waterman, who teaches Muzanenhamo's poetry on the BA Creative Writing and who collaborated with him on a long poem for the anthology Poetry and Covid (Shearsman, 2021), and who has interviewed Sabah (a guest lecturer on the MA Creative Writing) for a forthcoming issue of PN Review.

Feb 10, 2022 07:00 PM in London

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