EVENT: Life in Poems: Moniza Alvi & Natalie Linh Bolderston with Deborah Alma

Presented in partnership with the Rebecca Swift Foundation #WomenPoetsNetwork.

Friday 15 July 2022, 6 -7 pm


Livestreamed & BSL interpreted

Belgrade Theatre, B2

Tickets: £8 / £6 (concs)

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Age guideline: 14+

Join us for a very special event, presented in partnership with the Rebecca Swift Foundation and Women Poets’ Network.

Moniza Alvi will read poems from across her nine poetry collections including her latest, Fairoz (Bloodaxe Books), and will be joined by Natalie Linh Bolderston, winner of the Women Poets Prize 2020 and shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize for best single poem in 2021. Both poets will also join in conversation with Deborah Alma, aka. the Emergency Poet, and the founder of the world’s first walk-in Poetry Pharmacy.

Together, they will share their own poems and stories of their journeys as poets and some of the key poems that they cherish as readers, which have been life-changing and inspiring for them, in what will be a joyous, dazzling and celebratory event.


About the Speaker(s):

Moniza Alvi was born in Pakistan and  grew up in Hertfordshire. Her first collection The Country at My Shoulder (Oxford University Press, 1993) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot and the Whitbread poetry prizes. Europa (Bloodaxe, 2008) and At the Time of Partition (Bloodaxe, 2013) were also shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her most recent collection is Fairoz (2022). Moniza is completing a PhD on Stevie Smith.

Natalie Linh Bolderston is a Vietnamese-Chinese-British poet. In 2020, she received an Eric Gregory Award and co-won the Rebecca Swift Women Poets’ Prize. Her poem ‘Middle Name with Diacritics’ came third in the 2019 National Poetry Competition and was shortlisted for the 2021 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Her pamphlet, The Protection of Ghosts, is published with V. Press. She is now working on her first full-length collection.

Deborah Alma is a poet, editor and teacher. She was the Emergency Poet offering poetry on prescription from her vintage ambulance. She co-founded the world’s first walk-in Poetry Pharmacy in Shropshire with her partner, the poet James Sheard, in 2019. A mix of the therapeutic and the theatrical, Deborah offers consultations and prescribes poems as cures. She is editor of Emergency Poet: an anti-stress poetry anthology#MeToo rallying against sexual harassment: a women’s poetry anthology, Ten Poems of Happiness and co-edited These Are the Hands-Poems from the Heart of the NHS with Dr Katie Amiel. Her first full collection Dirty Laundry is published by Nine Arches Press.

About the Rebecca Swift Foundation and Women Poets’ Network: The Rebecca Swift Foundation exists to advance the craft, creativity and wellbeing of women poets. We believe that writing and creativity are for everyone; that a holistic approach to writing craft and process are vital in promoting literary innovation; and that women’s voices are crucial in the drive for a more equal literary world and a more just society. The Foundation is the home of the biennial Women Poets’ Prize, and the national Women Poets’ Network.

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Belgrade Theatre Coventry
Belgrade Square


15 Jul 2022


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


£8 / £6 (concs)