The Night Alphabet: An evening of live readings with poet Joelle Taylor

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Join T. S. Eliot & Polari Prize award-winning poet Joelle Taylor for live readings from her debut novel 'The Night Alphabet' and an in-conversation with OSE Associate Alex Vellis.

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Wednesday 21 February 2024, 5:30

Wednesday 21 February 2024, 5:30 - 8:00pm

Turner Contemporary Rendezvous, Margate, Kent CT9 1HG
Turner Contemporary Rendezvous, Margate, Kent CT9 1HG

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Joelle Taylor is the author of 4 collections of poetry. Her most recent collection C+NTO & Othered Poems won the 2021 T.S. Eliot Prize, and the 2022 Polari Book Prize for LGBT authors. C+NTO is currently being adapted for theatre with a view to touring. She is a co-curator and host of Out-Spoken Live at the Southbank Centre, and tours her work nationally and internationally in a diverse range of venues, from Australia to Brazil.

Set across geographies and timespans, The Night Alphabet is a dazzlingly bold and original work, a deep investigation into human nature and violence against women.

This event is a LGBTQIA+ centred space, and invites Kent-based, working class writers to join the conversation.

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5:30 – 6:00pm: Doors open

6:00 – 7:15pm: Part 1 – Reading

7:15 – 7:20pm: Break

7:20 – 7:45pm: Part 2 – In Conversation and Q&A

Refreshments provided

About Joelle Taylor

Joelle Taylor is the author of 4 collections of poetry and a novel. Her most recent collection C+NTO & Othered Poems won the 2021 T.S Eliot Prize and was the subject of a Radio 4 arts documentary Butch. C+NTO was nominated for the Rathbone Folio Prize, longlisted for the Ondaatje Prize, and won 2022 the Polari Book Prize.

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OSE Public Programme 2023-24

Events held as part of this year’s Associate-led Public Programme respond to questions explored in the Associate’s central curriculum project It’s My Life, Don’t You Forget, led by artist the vacuum cleaner, and guest project Circulating Energies led by artist Hugh Nicholson.

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