Poetry Book Society & NCLA Showcase

September 29, 2023

Join us on Thursday 5th October 2023 at the Culture Lab in Newcastle for a free National Poetry Day event featuring the poets Jacqueline Saphra and Kostya Tsolakis reading and in conversation with Tara Bergin on theme of refuge. Introduced by PBS Manager Alice Mullen.

Jacqueline Saphra is a T.S. Eliot Prize nominated, award-winning poet, a playwright, editor, agitator, teacher and organiser. She is the author of ten stage plays, four chapbooks and five collections. PBS Autumn Choice, Velvel’s Violin is her deeply moving and political fifth collection. Through its search for missing histories of the Jewish diaspora, the book is a call for empathy and a warning to a world where the legacy of the Holocaust echoes current narratives of prejudice, war, displacement and migration to speak of love, absence and survival.

Kostya Tsolakis is a London-based poet and journalist, born and raised in Athens, Greece. His first full collection of poetry, Greekling (Nine Arches Press, 2023) is a PBS Winter Recommendation. A Warwick Writing Programme graduate, he is founding editor of harana poetry, the online magazine for poets writing in English as a second or parallel language. His debut poetry pamphlet, Ephebos, was published by ignitionpress in 2020. His poems have appeared in fourteen poems, Magma Poetry, Poetry London, The Poetry Review and Under the Radar, and anthologies including 100 Queer Poems (Vintage, 2022).

Find out more at www.poetrybooks.co.uk.