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This event was on Thursday 28 March, 6.30pm

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Join us for an evening of poetry and literary performances exploring themes of edges, deviance, borders, and liberation in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Writing at Queen Mary. We’ll hear new work by Sophie Robinson, author of Rabbit (2018) and convener of the Devotion workshop seriesYousif M. Qasmiyeh, whose most recent books are Writing the Camp (2021) and Eating the Archive (2023), Amber Husain, whose Meat Love: An Ideology of the Flesh (2023) came out last year and poet, artist, and filmmaker Redell Olsen.

Based in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London, the new Centre for Contemporary Writing hosts literary events, research and practice workshops, and publishes the Subtexts creative writing journal. Follow them on social media to find out more.

About Amber Husain

Amber Husain is a writer based in South London. She is the author of Replace Me (Peninsula Press, 2021), Meat Love (Mack, 2023) and Tell Me How You Eat (forthcoming from Hutchinson Heinemann). She is currently completing a PhD in the history of art and medicine at UCL. She also teaches creative writing and criticism.

About Sophie Robinson

Sophie Robinson is a poet, novelist and nonfiction writer living in Norwich. Her poetry collection Rabbit (Boiler House Press, 2018) was the Poetry Book Society Wild Card Choice. Her work has been published in Granta, The Guardian, Stylist, BOMB Magazine, The Believer, N+1, The Poetry Review and The White Review. She runs Devotion, a radical and inclusive online creative writing workshop series, and publishes regular essays on feeling at her Substack Feelings Almanac. She is currently finishing her first novel.

About Yousif M. Qasmiyeh

Born and educated in Baddawi refugee camp in Lebanon, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh is a scholar and poet who holds a DPhil in English Literature from the University of Oxford. He is Writer-in-Residence for the AHRC-funded Refugee Hosts project and the Joint-Lead of the Baddawi Camp Lab, as part of the Imagining Futures GCRF-Network+ project. His work has appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation, Critical Quarterly, GeoHumanities, Cambridge Literary Review, PN Review, Stand, New England Review, Poetry London and the Journal of Refugee Studies. His collection, Writing the Camp (2021, Broken Sleep Books), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was selected as one of the Best Poetry Books of 2021 by The Telegraph and the Irish Times; was Highly Commended by the Forward Prizes; and was shortlisted for the 2022 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. His latest book is Eating the Archive (2023, Broken Sleep Books).

About Redell Olsen

Redell Olsen makes work across poetry, film-poems, visual and performance texts. Recent works include: Frownlands, 1969 (Performance, 2024),  Weather, Whether Plume of the Volants  (Book and Exhibition 2021), Woolf / Apelles (2019),Smock (2017) andMox Nox (2017). Her film, Now Circa (1918) was a finalist for the AHRC Research in Film Award. She was awarded the Dare Art Prize in 2021. Poetry collections include: ‘Film Poems’ (Les Figues, Los Angeles, 2014), Punk Faun: a bar rock pastel (Subpress, 2012), ‘Secure Portable Space’ (Reality Street, 2004), ‘Book of the Fur’ (rem press 2000), and, in collaboration with Susan Johanknecht, ‘Here Are My Instructions’ (Gefn, 2004). She is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she convenes the influential Poetic Practice CW MA.