Don Paterson, Rachel Long and Zaffar Kunial

13th June 2020

Tickets for this event will be sold via the Alphabetti Theatre website. Members will be notified when tickets are live.

6.30 p.m.

Join us for a celebration of some of the most exciting voices in poetry.

Acclaimed and prize-winning poet Don Paterson will read from his latest collection, Zonal, an experiment in science-fictional and fantastic autobiography, with all of its poems taking their imaginative cue from the first season of The Twilight Zone (1959–1960), playing fast and loose with both their source material and their author’s own life. Don will read alongside two of the best new voices in contemporary poetry, Rachel Long and Zaffar Kunial.

This event is run in partnership between New Writing North and Faber Members.

Zaffar Kunial was born in Birmingham and lives in Hebden Bridge. He published a pamphlet in the Faber New Poets series in 2014 and spent that year as the Wordsworth Trust Poet-in-Residence. Since his first public reading, of ‘Hill Speak’ at the 2011 National Poetry Competition awards, he has spoken at various literature festivals and in programmes for BBC Radio, and won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for his poem ‘The Word’. His debut collection, Us, was published by Faber & Faber in 2018.

Rachel Long is a poet and founder of Octavia Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour, which is housed at Southbank Centre in London. Rachel’s 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, 2015 – present.

Don Paterson has published eight poetry collections, three books of aphorisms, translations of Machado and Rilke, several works of literary criticism and an ambitious ars poeticaThe Poem. His poetry has received many awards. He is Professor of Poetry at the University of St Andrews and Poetry Editor at Picador Macmillan; he also works as a jazz musician. He lives in Edinburgh.