2020 Bristol Poetry Institute Annual Reading

18 November 2020, 6.00 PM - 18 November 2020, 7.00 PM

Claudia Rankine and Vanessa Kisuule

Online via Crowdcast

Tickets for the 2020 Bristol Poetry Institute Annual Reading with Claudia Rankine and Vanessa Kisuule are now available for booking with our event partners, the Festival of Ideas. Tickets are free, but booking is essential. Book your ticket here

Award-winning poet, writer and thinker Claudia Rankine delivers the 2020 Bristol Poetry Institute Annual Reading. Recipient of the 2016 MacArthur Fellowship and author of five poetry collections, Professor Rankine will read from her new publication, Just Us: An American Conversation (published in the UK by Allen Lane) and be in conversation with Vanessa Kisuule, Bristol’s City Poet from 2018-2020. Just Us is Claudia Rankine’s most intimate work yet, questioning what it means now to interrogate white privilege, well-meaning liberal politics, white male aggression, the implications of blondness, white supremacy in the White House, the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and what she calls the alarming move towards Brexit.

This event has been organised in partnership between the Bristol Poetry InstituteFestival of Ideas and Centre for Black Humanities. It is part of the A Poetic City season of events commemorating 250 years since the death of Bristol-born poet Thomas Chatterton and The Festival of Ideas Great Reset programme looking at the solutions to the challenges we face (which runs October 2020-October 2021).

Contact information

This is a Festival of Ideas Online event and will take place on the Crowdcast platform. It will also be live-streamed to Facebook. You can find out more about how this works from the Festival of Ideas blog.

Professor Claudia Rankine (above) is the Bristol Poetry Institute's 2020 Annual Reader.

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