Poetry @ the Print Room

15 Nov

Poetry @ the Print Room

Readings from Vahni Capildeo and Ian Duhig.

Vahni Capildeo is a Trinidadian-British writer whose five books and two pamphlets include Measures of Expatriation (Carcanet, 2016), Simple Complex Shapes (Shearsman, 2015) and Utter(Peepal Tree, 2013). She holds a DPhil in Old Norse and is interested in multilingualism, creative reworkings, and the boundaries between the human and the natural. Her collaborative work on performance and installation includes responses to Euripides’ Bacchae, ‘Radical Shakespeare’, and Martin Carter’s revolutionary writings from Guyana. The Harper-Wood Studentship (St John’s College, Cambridge) supported her travel for research during 2015-16. Vahni has just won the 2016 Forward Prize for Best Collection for Measures of Expatriation, and has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize 2016.

”A major poetic voice, Capildeo’s integrity and intelligence put her several steps ahead of publishers, academics and critics who might foolishly marginalise her work in Britain.’ Sandeep Parmar, The Guardian


Former homelessness worker Ian Duhig’s seventh collection of poetry The Blind Roadmaker is a PBS Spring Recommendation and shortlisted for the 2016 Forward and Roehampton Poetry Prizes. Duhig is a joint winner of a Shirley Jackson Award for short stories, a winner of the Forward Best Poem Prize, the National Poetry Competition twice and has four times been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize, including 2016. He is currently working on a project involving refugees suffering from PTSD and their therapists.

‘The Blind Road-Maker is a generous, smart and big-hearted book of poems, from a writer who truly values the whole of life as it is variously lived.’ Ben Wilkinson, The Guardian