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Poetry Beijing tonight, FREE

Bookworm 10 Poetry

We have a great double-header planned tonight, a pair of community events that celebrates the literary arts scene here in Beijing. Both events are free, and both promise to be a fun time. Up first: Poetry Beijing, which will be presented by Liz Richards and Matthew Byrne, who each run their own monthly poetry events. (Liz hosts Word of Mouth The Bookworm, and Matt hosts Spittoon at Mado Bar.)

Performing tonight:

Kassy Lee, a poet and career coach currently residing in Beijing, China. Her poems have been published in Perigee and Quarto Literary Magazine and her most recent chapbook, zombia, was published in 2014 by dancing girl press. She has read in the Bookworm Beijing International Literary Festival, and curates a monthly arts and poetry night known as transmigrant flow.

Abdiel LeRoy, a native son of England who began writing poetry in the late 1990s and achieved a breakthrough when, in 1999, his “Ode to C.S. Lewis” appeared in The Eclectic Literary Forum, a U.S. literary magazine. In the early 2000s he was commissioned to write verse for the work and productions of the London Shakespeare Workout. Through this connection, Abdiel’s poetry has been read on the BBC by the likes of Judi Dench, Kenneth Brannagh, and Mark Rylance.

Jenny Tang, a spoken word poet with a strong stage presence.

Also featuring poetry in translation: Jan Korbel‘s translations of poetry by Fu Shishui and Xu Lizhi, read by Jan and Zhi Huitao.

About the hosts:

Elizabeth Richards was born and trained in England, where she studied Theatre and Performance at Plymouth University. She has worked in improvisation, clowning, physical theatre, performance art and spoken word poetry. Richards has previously worked closely in the Beijing improvisation scene, performing in the International Improv Festival in 2014. 2015 led to Richards co-hosting and performing in the Beijing Literary festival.

Matthew Byrne has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University. He’s been reading poetry for many years in England and now China and has shared the stage with many reknowned poets, including the English Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. He has published a poetry magazine called UNSUNG in his home city of Manchester and he is the founder of Spittoon, a successful Beijing poetry night. 

The next Word of Mouth at The Bookworm is Tuesday, September 29. The next Spittoon at Mado Bar is Thursday, October 15.

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