Wild Court

An international poetry journal based in the English Department of King’s College London

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Wild Court Reading Series Presents Selina Marsh

Thursday 23 November 2023 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm UTC+0

Join us for the inaugural event in the Wild Court Reading Series and a relaunch of the Wild Court journal website.

Also reading are Nicholas Hogg, Idman Omar, & Daniel Bennett.

Hosted by TS Eliot Prize 2022 winner Anthony Joseph.

This is the first in a new reading series at King’s College, London. We will be presenting two events per term, each with an invited, acclaimed poet reading alongside students or other invited poets or spoken word artists. The series will focus on contemporary writers who are invested in innovative/experimental poetry which reflects the eclectic, diverse landscape of UK poetic practice.

For the inaugural event in the series, we are excited to feature award-winning scholar and poet Selina Tusitala Marsh.

Professor Selina Tusitala Marsh (ONZM, FRSNZ) is the former Commonwealth Poet (2016), New Zealand Poet Laureate (2017-19) and an acclaimed performer and author. In 2019 she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to poetry, literature and the Pacific community. In 2020 Selina was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand earlier this year. A Professor in the English Department at the University of Auckland, Selina teaches Maori and Pacific Literature and Creative Writing. Selina’s area of research focuses on first wave Pacific women poets and bringing silenced, marginalised indigenous literary voices to light. She designs and facilitates the Pacific Islands leadership programme Growing Niu Leaders with Capability Group which helps bring cultural selves through corporate doors using poetry. Selina has performed poetry for primary schoolers and presidents (Obama), queers and Queens (HRH Elizabeth II). She’s worked with Gucci and graffiti artists, vanguard writers and Vogue. She has published three critically acclaimed collections of poetry, Fast Talking PI (2009), Dark Sparring (2013), Tightrope (2017). Her graphic memoir, Mophead (2019), won the Margaret Mahy Supreme Book in the 2020 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, Elsie Locke Best Non-Fiction Award and the PANZ Best Design award. Its sequel, Mophead TU: The Queen’s Poem (2020), dubbed as ‘Colonialism 101 for Kids’ was short-listed for the 2022 NZ Book Awards. The third book in the series, Wot Knot Ya Got?: Mophead’s Guide to (real-life) Knotty Questions is out this Christmas.

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