Three truly exciting new poets come to Sheaf to read from their debut collections of poetry. Tom Sastry has been described as a ‘magician of deadpan’ by Hera Lindsay Bird and his collection A Man’s House Catches Fire explores the dark times we live in while remaining sharp, satirical and tender all at once. Phoebe Stuckes’ Platinum Blonde is by turns wise and hilarious, at times unflinchingly vulnerable, telling its stories of parties, love affairs and the darkness around their edges. Will Harris’s debut collection Rendang engages both playfully and deeply with the construction of self and identity, while retaining a rich linguistic magic.
Will Harris is a poet and critic from London. He was shortlisted for the 2018 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and received a Poetry Fellowship from the Arts Foundation in 2019. He is the author of the poetry chapbook All this is implied and the essay Mixed-Race Superman, published by Peninsula Press in the UK and Melville House in the US. His poems have been featured in the Guardian, the Poetry Review, and the anthology Ten: Poets of the New Generation. His debut poetry collection, RENDANG, was published by Granta in February 2020.
Phoebe Stuckes is a writer from West Somerset. A four-time winner of the Foyle Young Poet of The Year Award and a Barbican Young Poet, she has performed at the Southbank Centre, Waterstones Trafalgar Square, Wenlock Poetry Festival and she was the Ledbury Festival young poet in residence in 2015. She has also appeared on The Verb on BBC Radio 3. Her writing has appeared in The Rialto, The North, Ash and Ambit among others. Her debut pamphlet, Gin & Tonic was shortlisted for The Michael Marks Award 2017. In 2019 she was the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award for her first full-length collection, Platinum Blonde, published by Bloodaxe Books in 2020.
Tom Sastry was chosen by Carol Ann Duffy as one of the 2016 Laureate’s Choice poets. His resulting pamphlet Complicity was a Poetry School Book of the Year and a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice. He is the co-editor with Suzannah Evans of Everything That Can Happen, a poetry anthology about the future published by The Emma Press. His first full collection, A Man’s House Catches Fire, was published by Nine Arches Press in 2019. An accomplished reader and performer, Tom has a growing reputation as a spoken word artist. A book of his performance poems will be published by Burning Eye Books in 2020.