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Cúirt presents Kei Miller and Carolyn Forché for an evening of groundbreaking poetry.

Kei Miller is a poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer and broadcaster originally from Kingston, Jamaica. His many books include the novel Augustown (2016) and poetry collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (2014) which won the Forward Prize for Best Poetry Collection in 2014. In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature.

In Nearby Bushes (2019), his most recent collection is a wise, colourful and unflinching look at contemporary Jamaica;  a world in which it is both possible to hide and to heal, a landscape as much marked by magic as it is by murder. Miller has fast become one of Britain and Jamaica’s most revered poets.  Of Miller, Poet Laureate of Jamaica, Lorna Goodison said ‘Raise high the roofbeams, here comes a strong new presence in poetry’. An incredible reader, he is not to be missed!

Carolyn Forché is a celebrated writer of poetry, essays and creative-non fiction.  Her first collection in seventeen years, In the Lateness of the World (2020) is a tenebrous book of crossings, of migrations across oceans and borders but also between the present and the past, life and death. The poems call to the reader from the end of the world where they are sifting through the aftermath of history. Carolyn Forché has witnessed, thought about, and put into poetry some of the most devastating events of twentieth-century world history and first coined the phrase ‘poetry of witness’.

This event will be moderated by Jess Traynor.