Rachel Long’s much-anticipated debut collection of poems, My Darling from the Lions, announces the arrival of a thrilling new presence in poetry.
Join her for an evening in celebration of the collection, one in which each poem has a vivid story to tell – of family quirks, the perils of dating, the grip of religion or sexual awakening – stories that are, by turn, emotionally insightful, politically conscious, wise, funny and outrageous.
Long reveals herself as a razor-sharp and original voice on the issues of sexual politics and cultural inheritance that polarize our current moment. But it's her refreshing commitment to the power of the individual poem that will leave the reader turning each page in eager anticipation. Here is an immediate, wide-awake poetry that entertains royally, without sacrificing a note of its urgency or remarkable skill.
This is a blazing debut that you will want to press into the hands of others.
Rachel Long is a poet and the founder of Octavia: Poetry Collective for Women of Colour, which is housed here at Southbank Centre.
Her poetry and prose have been published widely, most recently in Filigree, Mal and the White Review. She is Assistant Tutor to Jacob Sam-La Rose on the Barbican Young Poets programme.
For ages 16+
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