Wretched strangers

Saturday 27 October 2018, 20:30
Coronet Theatre, Studio

An exclusive poetry performance featuring authors from Wretched Strangers, a poetry anthology that marks the contribution of innovative foreign-born writers to UK’s poetry culture. Published to commemorate the anniversary of the 2016 EU Referendum, Wretched Strangers documents the challenges faced by writers from elsewhere, while offering hopeful re-conceptions of “shared foreignness”. Proceeds from the book are donated to charities fighting for the rights of refugees. A Q&A will follow the performance.

This event will be in English.

Running time: 80 minutes.

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Caroline Bergvall

is a French-Norwegian poet who has lived in England since 1989. Crossing languages, media, and art forms, her work takes the form of published poetry, performance, sound-driven projects, and has been commissioned and shown by such institutions as MoMA, the Tate Modern, and the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Antwerp.

Giovanni Coppola

is a Sicilian-born Londoner who writes about music, culture and music in Noisey, Auralcrave, Indie for Bunnies. He is the author of Dance per la mente (Arcana Editore, 2018) and is a composer of electronic music. As a producer, he has been featured in publications such as DJ Mag and Mixmag.

Livia Franchini

is a writer and translator from Tuscany, Italy. She has translated Michael Donaghy, Sam Riviere and James Tiptree Jr. among many others. Her first poetry pamphlet, Our Available Magic was published by Makina Books in 2019; her debut novel, Shelf Life, is out now with Doubleday in the UK, and forthcoming with Mondadori in Italy. She teaches creative writing and runs workshops at Goldsmiths University and City Literature Institute.

Ariadne Radi Cor

is an Anglo-Italian poet, collage maker and coffee spoon collector, published in Stories of Change, Cordite 47.0, HVTH 3.2, and Knives Forks and Spoons Press (forthcoming, 2019). Her video poems, recordings and postcards can be found on

George Szirtes

originally from Hungary, has lived in the UK since coming to the country as a refugee at the age of eight. For his work as a translator from Hungarian into English he has won several awards including the European Poetry Translation Prize. As a poet, he was awarded the T.S. Eliot Prize for his book Reel (2004). His poetry has been translated into numerous languages and widely anthologized.

Jane Yeh

first collection of poems, Marabou, was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward, and Aldeburgh poetry prizes. She was named a Next Generation poet by the Poetry Book Society for her second collection, The Ninjas. Her third collection published by Carcanet, Discipline, will appear in 2019.