literature & poetry

Rachel Long: My Darling from the Lions

This event is cancelled as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Poet Rachel Long’s debut collection is threaded with the learning and unlearning of shame, the body, sex, faith, Blackness, lineage, prophecy and healing.

Join her for an evening in celebration of My Darling from the Lions, a beautiful and expansive archive of growing up in London as a young mixed heritage woman.

The poet’s strong, soulful, wise and weary voice sings through the collection with striking confidence – these are poems for now, and poems you will be desperate to press into the hands of others.

Long is an essential and dazzling voice in contemporary poetry.

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.

Dates & times

Approximate run time: 90 mins
Run times may vary, find out more
    • Tue 28 July 2020
      • 7:45 pm


Purcell Room


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


25% off (limited availability)
Find out more about our Concessions policy

need to know

Age recommendation
For ages 16+

Southbank Centre takes a strong view on secondary ticketing. We require the lead booker to attend (photo ID may be requested). Tickets can only be resold by Southbank Centre or one of its authorised agents.