Anthony Anaxagorou

Anthony Anaxagorou

Wednesday 18 November, 7pm


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Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. His poetry has been published in POETRY, The Poetry Review, Poetry London, Granta, Ambit, The Adroit Journal, The London Magazine, The Rialto and elsewhere, as well as appearing on BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio 4, ITV, Vice UK, Channel 4 and Sky Arts. His second collection After the Formalities published with Penned in the Margins is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted for the 2019 T.S Eliot Prize. It was also selected by both The Telegraph and The Guardian as a poetry book of the year. He was awarded the 2019 H-100 Award for writing and publishing, and the 2015 Groucho Maverick Award for his poetry and fiction. In 2019 he was made an honorary fellow of the University of Roehampton. Anthony is artistic director of Out-Spoken, a monthly poetry and music night held at London’s Southbank Centre, and publisher of Out-Spoken Press.

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Support comes from Panya Banjoko and Kevin Jackson.

Panya Banjoko

Panya Banjoko is a UK based writer, poet and a PhD student at Nottingham Trent University with a Vice Chancellor awarded scholarship writing a practice-led PhD rooted in Nottingham Black Archive. Her debut collection, Some Things, was published by Burning Eye Books (2018). Her work is published in numerous anthologies including award-winning Clever Girls, winner of the Working-Class Studies Association’s ‘Jake Ryan and Charles Sackrey Award for a Book about the Working-Class Academic Experience’ (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), and her poem, ‘They and Them’, featured in Mic Drop, an exhibition by artist Keith Piper at Beaconsfield Gallery, London, the London Film Festival and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She has been artist in residence at the International School, Stuttgart, Jaipur Literature Festival, India, and for the National Trust’s 100 verses at Charlecote Park, in Warwickshire. Panya is a multi-award-winning poet, co-ordinates a Black Writers Network and is patron for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature.

Kevin Qweaver Jackson

Kevin Qweaver Jackson, based near Nottingham, writes at the edge, where inner meets outer, other meets familiar, anyday meets somewhen. He delights in poetry’s subversion, its capacity to shake us from within. A queer activist, he’s passionately for creative expression that expands understanding and grows community. His second collection, Loves Burn, was published in January 2020 by Big White Shed to broad acclaim. He performs all over, with work published widely including in Burning House Press, HCE Magazine, Porridge Magazine, RFD Journal and in various anthologies including Desire, Love, Identity, contemporary perspectives on queer lives, published by Global Words Press in 2019. He blogs at


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