Having read at a number of events for Poet in the City in the past it’s a great pleasure to be asked to work with the organisation to showcase some of my favourite new poets.
Days of Roses began as a monthly reading series in function rooms in a few small north London pubs during my MA at Royal Holloway in 2009, at the time as a way of allowing classmates a means of practicing reading and developing a sense of an audience beyond the seminar room. Many of the writers involved in those first events have gone on to publish widely, picking up notable laurels, including Liz Berry’s Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2014.
Co-edited with Malene Engelund, our Days of Roses imprint has to date published two anthologies of work by poets who’ve read at the series and is looking at moving into pamphlet publication. It’s a great privilege to introduce the work of poets still at an early stage of their careers to the always engaged and generous audiences which Poet in the City are so expert in attracting.
The work of poets such as those mentioned above, and others such as Robert Selby and André Naffis-Sahely, has long-since outgrown the DIY platforms I was able to offer it, and so I’m both thrilled and excited to help Poet in the City present it to the wider audience it deserves, and to help poetry lovers discover new voices whose writing they’ll be delighted by for years to come.