The Space Between Us: Female poets on time, place and identity

09th November 2017 19:30
Maplethorpe Hall
St Hugh's College, Oxford, OX2 6LE
Take a trip back in time with Poet in the City in an evening of live poetry exploring female identity and belonging.

St Hugh’s was established to offer an Oxford education to women in 1886, and has since become a home for students looking for a place to belong. Heading the institution as its first principal, Charlotte Anne Moberly caused a stir when she published a book detailing an incident in which she and a fellow academic believed they had fallen back in time and across the channel to Versailles.

Inspired by Moberly's original imagining across time and space, three contemporary female poets will take their own trips back in time, reflecting on poetry and stories from across history and geography which enable their own identities in the modern world. Each with their own unique experience of belonging and womanhood, three contemporary female poets will look to the past, performing work of classic female poets that have influenced them alongside their own poetry.

This event is curated by Poet in the City Producers.

Victoria Adukwei Bulley is a British-born Ghanaian poet, writer and filmmaker. Her work has been shortlisted for the Brunel University International African Poetry Prize, featured on BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour and in The Poetry Review, and commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts. She is a Complete Works Fellow, and her debut pamphlet, Girl B, edited by Kwame Dawes, is forthcoming (2017). Victoria is the creative director of MOTHER TONGUES, an exploration of poetry in translation, captured through filmmaking.

Patience Agbabi is a sought-after poet, performer, mentor and Fellow in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University. She read English at Oxford and has an MA in Creative Writing from Sussex. She has lectured in Creative Writing at Greenwich, Cardiff and Kent Universities. In 2004 she was nominated one of the UK’s ‘Next Generation Poets’. She has published four poetry collections, R.A.W. (Gecko Press, 1995), Transformatrix (Canongate, 2000), Bloodshot Monochrome (Canongate, 2008) and Telling Tales (Canongate 2014). Patience has spent over 20 years celebrating the written and spoken word. Active on the literature and arts scene, she was on the Council of Management for Arvon from 2009 to 2016. Her poem, ‘The Doll’s House’, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2014. She was Canterbury Laureate from 2009 to 2010 and received a Grant for the Arts to write a contemporary version of The Canterbury Tales. This fourth collection, Telling Tales was shortlisted for the 2014 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry and Wales Book of the Year 2015.

Poet in the City brings poetry to life beyond books, producing classic and contemporary poetry performances, experiences and conversations taking on major ideas, issues and people. They showcase biopics, use poetry to animate cultural movements and peer into ideas past and present, and create dramatic poetry experiences in major arts venues and unusual spaces. Through their work, Poet in the City has fostered a genuine and growing appetite for accessible, challenging and inspiring poetry performances.

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