We start 2020 with an old friend of Bad Language and the writer of one of the best poetry books of 2019.
Ian Humphreys wowed everyone with his debut collection Zebra (Nine Arches Press, 2019), which was longlisted for this year’s Portico Prize. He has been widely published in journals including The Poetry Review, The Rialto and Magma. Ian has won the Hamish Canham Prize and his work has been highly commended in the Forward Prizes for Poetry. A fellow of The Complete Works, his poems feature in Ten: Poets of the New Generation (Bloodaxe, 2017).
Ian will be reading from his work on January 29th alongside our brilliant open mic. If you want a place on the open mic, we release spots on Friday 10th January 2020. Open mic spots are four minutes long including plugging and preamble. There will be ten open mic spaces available. Five of those spaces are reserved for people who have never performed with us before. From Friday 10th Jan (and no earlier!), email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for a spot.
Praise for Zebra:
“In all of its magnificent bounty Zebra must be one of the poetry collections of 2019.” – Yorkshire Times
“A powerful, moving, original body of work.” – Jean Sprackland
“Glorious in every sense of the word, this is an important book.” – Clare Shaw
Open mic list for this month: Antony Szmierek, Benjamin Lilley, Bonnie Hancell, Christine Sanders, Chris Stairmand, Greg Watson, Hilary Robinson, Miles Hadfield, Rachel Davies, Rob Steventon