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Lisa Kelly: Deaf Republic, London

Saturday 19 Oct 2019, 13:30 to 15:00

Purcell Room
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
United Kingdom


d/Deaf Republic: Poets on d/Deafness

Multi-award winning poets Raymond Antrobus, Ilya Kaminsky and Carcanet debutante Lisa Kelly share the stage to perform their latest work.

Antrobus reads from Ted Hughes Award-winning, Forward Prize-nominated The Perseverance.

Elegies for the poet's father weave into narratives around learning to speak as a child experiencing deafness, and expand to a contemporary sphere in which enduring prejudice towards the d/Deaf community leads to the most catastrophic of circumstances.

Kaminsky reads from Poetry Book Society choice and Forward Prize-nominated Deaf Republic, in which a fabled town witnesses the killing of a deaf boy and in response, the town's citizens refuse to hear any more with their dissent coordinated by sign language.

Lisa Kelly reads from debut collection A Map Towards Fluency, which considers words, the power they impart, the power their absence withholds and the importance of mis-hearing and mis-remembering.

The event explores both the poets' personal experiences of d/Deafness as well as looking at a wider political and historical context in which d/Deaf communities have been marginalised.

Tickets for this event are £10 and can be found here, along with more information. Concessions get 25% off. 

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