London Undercurrents – Poems About London’s Unsung Heroines

London Undercurrents – Poems About London’s Unsung Heroines

13 Mar 2019, 11:30 - 12:30

Poet's Corner
Language:
English

Poets Joolz Sparkes and Hilaire will read from and talk about writing London Undercurrents.

 

London Undercurrents is a collaboration by two London-based female poets Joolz Sparkes (North) and Hilaire (South). This poetry cycle gives a voice to women who often go unheard.

 

There are thousands of women, extraordinary, ordinary, famous or forgotten who have plenty to say and deserve to be heard. The authors want to share the hidden histories of London’s unsung heroines that they have uncovered in their neighbourhoods north and south of the river.

 

London Undercurrents shows that the personal is also universal and casts women as the central characters of their own story.

 

This collection is one of a kind, fascinating and well researched. It really captures the spirit, image and diversity of London.

 

The poets complement each other with startling, fresh poems exploring these forgotten lives, and following Wollstonecraft’s lead, they “restore them to their lost dignity” with deft pens inked by the Thames itself.’ – Abegail Morley

 

In 2017, Joolz and Hilaire received an Arts Council grant for research and development of London Undercurrents.

 

London Undercurrents, ISBN 9781907320828, 152 pages, £10, $16, will be published by Holland Park Press on 28 March 2019.

Contributors

  • Joolz Sparkes

    Speaker

    Joolz Sparkes is a member of the collective, Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, was shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize in 2010, and her poems have been...

  • Hilaire -

    Speaker

    Hilaire was poet-in-residence at Thrive Battersea in 2017 and her poems have been published in Emma Press anthologies Aunts, Age, Mildly Erotic...

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