Joelle Taylor | The Night Alphabet

Thu 18 Apr 2024 | 8:00pm - 9:30pm

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Joelle Taylor - The Night Alphabet
Ellen Peirson Hagger

A very special event from the winner of the coveted T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. Joelle Taylor joins us for an electrifying evening reading from her debut novel, The Night Alphabet. As a former UK poetry slam champion, Taylor is a spellbinding performer. We can’t wait for you to discover the rich and varied stories – from coal mines to dystopian cities and gay bars – told through her protagonist’s interconnected tattoos. Not to be missed! 

In conversation with the New Statesman’s Ellen Peirson-Hagger 

Venue: Old Divinity School

Duration: 1.5 hours

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Author biography

Joelle Taylor is a queer, working class author of six plays and four collections of poetry, most recently C+nto & Othered Poems. C+nto was the winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry and the Polari Prize, as well as a Book of the Year in New Statesman, Times Literary Supplement and the White Review. A former UK poetry slam champion, Joelle founded the national youth slam championships, SLAMbassadors. Joelle has led workshops and residences in schools, prisons, youth centres, refugee groups and many other settings for organisations including the Poetry Society, the British Council, the Arvon Foundation and English PEN. She is also a Poetry Fellow of University of East Anglia and the curator of the Koestler Awards 2023. She has judged several poetry and literary prizes including Jerwood Fellowship, the Forward Prize, and the Ondaatje Prize. She has received a Changemaker award from the Southbank Centre, a fellowship of the RSA, is co-curator and host of the Southbank Centre’s Out-Spoken Live and the commissioning editor at Out-Spoken Press. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2022. Originally from Lancashire, she is based in London.  

Chair Biography

Ellen Peirson-Hagger is assistant culture editor at the New Statesman. Her work includes reviews of books and music, interviews with prominent cultural figures and reports on the culture industries.