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COMING TO POETRY: Esa Aldegheri, Nadine Aisha Jassat, Dean Rhetoric

March 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Golden Hare Books is hosting the next event in the popular University of Edinburgh Visiting Writers series, curated and hosted by Claire Askew!

The University of Edinburgh Visiting Writers series presents COMING TO POETRY: a panel discussion with three of the most exciting new up-and-coming voices in the world of contemporary poetry.Are you a poet, or think you might be? Are you looking for ways to reach audiences and get your work read? Do you have questions about how to get started with publishing your poetry? This event is for you.

University of Edinburgh Writer in Residence Claire Askew will be joined by Esa Aldegheri, Nadine Aisha Jassat and Dean Rhetoric for a panel discussion, with readings, followed by a Q&A session. In the discussion, we’ll be talking about ways ‘in’ to poetry as a new poet, what you can expect as you enter the poetry ‘community’ and begin publishing, and why — when poetry makes up such a small share of the book market — we write and publish poems in the first place.

Join us in the cosy setting of Golden Hare Books: there’ll be free wine, and a chance to browse the bookshop and buy books.
Places are free but limited!

To book your space, head to the University of Edinburgh Visiting Writers Eventbrite.

About the contributors

Esa Aldegheri is a writer and academic from Scotland and Italy, based in Edinburgh. Her writing has been published by Granta, Gutter, The Dangerous Women Project and others, and has featured on Radio 4’s Book of the Week. She is currently working on a multilingual PhD at the University of Glasgow—funded by the ESRC—investigating forced migration, integration and story exchange. She is a compulsive climber of trees and reader of maps. At the 2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival, Esa co-authored one of the essays in the bestselling collection The Freedom Papers, and helped to programme the showcase of events around that publication.

Dean Rhetoric is a Hereford-born working class poet currently lost somewhere in East London. He has poetry published in Five:2:One, Ghostland, Picaroon, Rising Phoenix Review and others. He is a former BBC Writer’s room screenplay finalist and was also commended for The Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize.

Nadine Aisha Jassat is a poet, writer, and creative practitioner. She is the author of poetry pamphlet Still, and editor of Rise, an anthology of poetry from YWCA Scotland – The Young Women’s Movement. Her poetry, essays and short stories have been published widely online and in print, including in the recent essay anthology It’s Not About the Burqa (Picador). In 2018, she received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers’ Award, and was shortlisted for the Outspoken London Prize for Poetry in Film and the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. In 2017, she was named as one of ’30 Inspiring Young Women Under 30 in Scotland.’ Her debut poetry collection Let Me Tell You This is forthcoming from 404 Ink in March 2019.

About the chair

Dr Claire Askew is the current Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh. She is the author of the poetry collections The Mermaid and the Sailors (Red Squirrel) and This changes things (Bloodaxe), and the novels All The Hidden Truths and What You Pay For (Hodder). Claire co-edited Starry Rhymes: 85 Years of Allen Ginsberg (Read This Press) with Stephen Welsh, Umbrellas of Edinburgh: Poetry & Prose Inspired by Scotland’s Capital City (Freight) with Dr Russell Jones, and Luminous, defiant: writers respond to hard times (forthcoming, Listen Softly) with Dominic Stevenson. She also works as the Writer in Residence at Golden Hare Books, and as Schools Writer in Residence for the Edinburgh International Book Festival.


March 19
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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University of Edinburgh Visiting Writers


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