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Live poetry with Marvin Thompson and Saili Katebe with Q&A (Clevedon Literary Festival)

Thursday 21 October
7.30-9pm, ages 12+
Book online via Curzon Cinema & Arts

Following in the footsteps of the likes of Carol Ann Duffy, Marvin Thompson was recently crowned winner of the 2021 National Poetry Prize for his piece 'The Fruit of the Spirit is Love (Galatians 5:22)'. Marvin will be joining the Clevedon Literary Festival live in an auditorium for a reading of his works followed by a Q&A. His latest book, Road Trip, is a striking first collection by a poet with illuminating and entertaining stories to tell and an accomplished craft in using both traditional and contemporary forms in telling them.

As a poet of Jamaican heritage, born and raised in north London and now working as a teacher, father of mixed-race children, living in South Wales, Marvin Thompson brings together all those passages of place and time in fresh and revealing ways. He explores the underbelly of race and empire in uncovering and inventing stories of his father’s time in the British army. He writes with feeling of the post-industrial landscape of Wales and wonders whether this is a place he can bring up his children — though one should never assume that any of Thompson’s poems are factually true.

Marvin uses sonnet, adapted villanelle and sestina sequences to tell utterly contemporary stories. He has a refreshing, curious and honest eye that transforms and illuminates the everyday into something special and unique, but also a convincing vision of possibility and even of the uplifting.

He will be joined by Bristol poet Saili Katebe from Raise the Bar, who will be introducing the evening as well as performing before Marvin.

The Curzon are delighted to be teaming up with More Than Words Literary Festival to bring you this event.

Doors will open at 6.30pm and Books on the Hill, Clevedon Community Bookshop and Clevedon Literary Festival will be joining in with stalls on the landing for anyone who fancies a browse or a chat before the show. Marvin will also be signing and selling his books after the event.

Social distancing will be in place in the auditorium for this event.

This is an accessible event (relaxed space, suitable for babies, subtitled).

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