Two of Faber’s brightest new poets, Richard Scott and Mary Jean Chan will feature at this special National Portrait Gallery Friday Late for LGBT History Month. As well as performing their own poems, they will share the work and influence of the seminal poets who have inspired them, from Thom Gunn to Walt Whitman. This is a National Portrait Gallery event in association with Faber Members for Faber’s 90th anniversary.
Richard Scott grew up in London and studied at the Royal College of Music and at Goldsmiths College. He has been a winner of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, a Jerwood/Arvon Poetry mentee, and a member of the Poetry Trust Aldeburgh Eight. His pamphlet Wound (Rialto) won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016, and his poem ‘crocodile’ won the 2017 Poetry London Competition. Soho, his first book of poetry, is shortlisted for the 2018 T. S. Eliot Prize.
Mary Jean Chan
Mary Jean Chan is a poet, editor and academic from Hong Kong who lives in London. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and came second in the 2017 National Poetry Competition. Her debut pamphlet, A Hurry of English, was the 2018 Poetry Book Society Summer Pamphlet Choice. She is an editor at Oxford Poetry and a lecturer in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University. Her debut collection, Flèche, will be published by Faber in July.