Biographies of contributors

Lisa Kelly

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Lisa Kelly’s second collection, The House of the Interpreter (Carcanet) is forthcoming from Carcanet in 2023. Her first collection, A Map Towards Fluency (Carcanet 2019), was shortlisted for the Michael Murphy Memorial Poetry Prize 2021. She is co-Chair of Magma Poetry. She has been studying British Sign Language (BSL) for several years and has a Signature Level 6 qualification in BSL. Her poems have been selected for anthologies, including the Forward Book of Poetry. In 2021, she co-edited What Meets the Eye, an anthology of poetry and short fiction by UK Deaf, deaf and Hard of Hearing writers for Arachne Press.

The Kinara Collective

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From the Left: Sarala Estruch, Anita Pati, Gita Ralleigh, and Rushika Wick 

Kinara, (meaning border, shoreline or edge in Hindi/Urdu), is a collective of women poets with inherited histories of migration and South Asian identities. Sarala Estruch, Anita Pati, Gita Ralleigh, and Rushika Wick will be reading.

Sarala Estruch (debut pamphlet Say, flipped eye 2021; debut collection Nine Arches Press 2023),

Anita Pati (debut collection Hiding to Nothing, Pavilion Poetry, May 2022),

Gita Ralleigh ( debut collection A Terrible Thing, Bad Betty 2020),

Rushika Wick (debut collection Afterlife As Trash, Verve 2021)

Shash Trevett (debut pamphlet From A Borrowed Land, Smith/Doorstop 2021). (Not Reading)

Karl Knights

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Karl Knights is a freelance journalist who has appeared on The Victoria Derbyshire Show, BBC Breakfast, ITV News, CNN International and various radio shows. His prose and poetry has appeared in The Guardian, The Dark Horse, The North and Under The Radar.  He was highly commended in the Suffolk Young Poets Competition three times, and a winner of Verve's 2019 Poetry Festival Competition. He is twenty-three and lives in Suffolk.