Shared Spaces A group of Lambeth's poets discuss and read their poems on an issue that has a wide resonance, notably for public libraries and parks, exploring how a community shapes and is shaped by those who share its public spaces. The theme is inspired by the Library and by the growing concern from Lambeth's residents about how the spaces we share are being closed off, privatised and neglected. Each poet has a strong Lambeth connection, andthe reading will highlight that work created here is a product of our community and therefore our shared spaces, and seek to celebrate the deep well of Lambeth talent. Please join us for a wonderful night of poetry with just a few of Lambeth's best writers! Tuesday 23rd October @ 7pm Tate South Lambeth Library, hosted by the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Free tickets can be booked here: Shared Spaces: A Reading with Lambeth Poets Tamar Yoseloff Tamar Yoseloff’s fifth collection, A Formula for Night: New and Selected Poems, was published by Seren in 2015. She is also the author of Formerly, a chapbook incorporating photographs by Vici MacDonald (Hercules Editions, 2012) shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award; and three collaborative artists’ editions. She is currently a visiting guest lecturer at Newcastle University on the Newcastle / Poetry School MA course in Writing Poetry. A new collection, The Black Place, is due from Seren in 2020. Karen McCarthy Woolf Born in London to English and Jamaican parents Karen McCarthy Woolf writes poetry and drama. Her collection An Aviary of Small Birds was described as an ‘extraordinarily moving and technically flawless’ (The Poetry Review), a ‘pitch perfect debut’ (Guardian) and was shortlisted for the Forward Felix Dennis and Fenton Aldeburgh prizes. She makes radio features and drama for BBC radios 3 and 4, and has presented her work across the world, from the Americas and Europe to South East Asia. Rick Dove Rick Dove is a London born writer of Ghanaian and mixed Bajan heritage, who began writing poetry during his early secondary schooling. Writing playful, pithy, inventive and often deeply personal verse, Rick has been influenced as much by Basho as Bukowski writing in all forms and absences of, in order to create something new. Rick's first solo collection "Haigha's Noosphere Canticles" is published by WCH Publishing. Rishi Dastidar Rishi Dastidar’s poetry has been published by Financial Times, New Scientist and the BBC amongst many others. His debut collection Ticker-tape is published by Nine Arches Press, and a poem from it was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2018. A member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, he is also chair of the London writer development organization Spread The Word. Sophie Herxheimer Sophie Herxheimer is a painter and poet from Lambeth, who lives here still. When she did remember to do her homework it was usually in the old Clapham Library, now the Omnibus theatre. Her work has been shown at places as diverse as Rosendale allotments, Tate Modern, The National Portrait Gallery, a 48 metre hoarding along the seafront in Margate and in West Norwood Cemetery. She’s held residencies for The National Maritime Museum, London Printworks Trust and Transport for London among others. She’s illustrated five volumes of fairy tales and mythology, and made a 300 metre tablecloth for a public feast on Southwark Bridge. Current commissions include making new portraits of 26 essential poets for the Poetry Foundation in Chicago and documenting a lost community for a project at the Museum of Liverpool through listening and drawing. Recent books are Velkom to Inklandt, (Short Books 2017) which was selected as an Observer poetry book of the month and a Sunday Times book of the year, and The Practical Visionary, a collaborative response to William Blake, with Chris McCabe. (Hercules Editions 2018.) Shazea Quraishi Shazea Quraishi is a Pakistani-born poet and translator. Her poems have appeared in publications including The Financial Times, The Guardian, Modern Poetry in Translation andPoetry Review. Her latest collection is The Art of Scratching(Bloodaxe Books, 2015) and she is adapting her chapbook The Courtesans Reply(flipped eye publishing, 2012) as a play. She teaches with the Poetry School and Translators in Schools and is an artist in residence with Living Words. Anne E Cooper Anne is a contributor to The Pavement. She was writer-in-residence at Cressingham Gardens, working with residents to produce the book 306: Living Under the Shadow of Regeneration. She has worked in welfare rights and on writing projects at the V&A, SLaM and St Mungos Recovery College. She performed with Poets Know it for a decade and featured on their PowerCD with backing from Alabama 3. She is the author of Touched and the antiwar poem essay 21st Century Guernica, described by the late Tony Benn as, “Powerful and intensely moving.” She has performed widely including the Bowery Poetry Club NYC, appeared at the 2018 Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival in X-Rated: Women Speaking and has curated live literature events with special guests including John Cooper Clarke, Paddy Hill and Brian Paddick. She is also published by Leaf books, Loose Muse and Proletarian Poetry and is a member of NAWE, Unite Community and Malika’s Poetry Kitchen. John Canfield John Canfield grew up in Cornwall and now lives in London and works at The Poetry School. His poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, and he also runs children’s writing and storytelling workshops in schools and for a number of arts organisations. Molly Rowan Molly Rowan is a British-American poet and philanthropic fundraiser. She recently completed an MA in Writing Poetry with the Poetry School and Newcastle University. She lives in Brixton with her husband and small Londoner. Recent work can be found in Allegro and hotdog.