Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 19:30 to 21:30

The Poetry Cafe

22 Betterton Street



Translating Mountains and Rice and Rain: Pamphlet Launch

Saturday 7 October 2017, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX

Join Jerwood/Arvon mentees Yvonne Reddick, Romalyn Ante, Seraphima Kennedy, and Alice Hiller for the launch of Translating Mountains (Seren) and Rice & Rain (V. Press) with special guest, Ella Frears.
Praise for Translating Mountains:
‘It’s impossible to read this collection without being moved’ – New Welsh Review
‘Reddick sets a sombre music behind the rawness of loss, like a glimpse of her mountains in the distance’ – PN Review
Praise for Rice & Rain:
‘Romalyn Ante’s poems are exquisitely detailed and a real feast for the senses’ – Jane Commane
‘Rice & Rain is an impressive first collection of poems that take us from the Philippines to Cannock Chase’ – Jane Seabourne

About the Poets:
Ella Frears is a poet, writer and visual artist living and working in South-East London. She has had poetry published in publications including The Rialto, Poetry London and POEM. She was awarded a place on the prestigious Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme and is a trustee and editor for Magma. Ella was shortlisted for Young Poet Laureate for London in 2014 and was Poet in Residence at Knole House in Kent with the National Trust and writing agency Spread the Word 2015. She was shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize from Cambridge University 2015 & 2017 and the Bridport Poetry Prize 2015. Her debut pamphlet Passivity, Electricity, Acclivity is forthcoming from Goldsmiths Press.
Yvonne Reddick’s pamphlet Translating Mountains won the Mslexia Poetry Pamphlet Competition in 2016, and poems from it won a Northern Writer’s Award. She has had poems published or forthcoming in PN Review, Stand and Shearsman. Her book Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet will be published by Palgrave Macmillan this month. She is a Jerwood/Arvon mentee for 2017-18 and is working towards a first collection.
Romalyn Ante’s debut poetry pamphlet is Rice & Rain (V Press). She is currently a Jerwood/Arvon mentee, under the guidance of Pascale Petit. She is a recipient of Artists’ International Development Funding and will travel back to her homeland, the Philippines, in November to research and write about culture, tradition, and identity. She aims to publish a debut collection in the near future.
Alice Hiller is being mentored by Pascale Petit for her first collection, Album Without Photos, which explores living through and beyond sexual abuse in childhood. Alice wrote The T-Shirt Book and is working on Dayglo about Poly Styrene, to be published by Unbound in 2018. She has a PhD from UCL and lives in London.
Seraphima Kennedy grew up in West London and completed an MA in poetry at Goldsmiths in 2008. She writes creative non-fiction about family, migration, conflict and music, and is in the final stages of a PhD. Recently she’s been published in Magma, And Other Poems, Southbank Poetry, and The Journal of Creative Practice. She has work forthcoming in The Rialto. Seraphima has performed at The Troubadour, Vortex Jazz Club, Much Wenlock Poetry Festival, LitLive, The Poetry Shuffle and Ledbury Festival. She is a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen and was longlisted for the Poetry School/Nine Arches Press Primers in 2016. She is proud to be a Jerwood/Arvon mentee in poetry and is working on her first pamphlet with Pascale Petit.