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POETRY@thePPL ft. Pascale Petit & Shaday Barrowes-Bayewunmi + open mic

Thursday, November 24

Welcome to the latest edition of POETRY@thePPL!

Located in the characterful and intimate space that is Plymouth Proprietary Library (inside half of a converted church hall), these events invite poets and fans of poetry alike to join us for an evening of reading, performing, and basking in the glow of the library’s mountain of books.

The evening will open its doors at 7PM for a 7:30 start, and will consist of two 25-minute open mic slots, followed by two 20-minute performances from our guest poets of the evening. These will be interceded by a 10 minute break.

Entry to this event will be on a ‘pay what you decide’ basis, with a suggested donation of £5 per person. Tickets are available online via Eventbrite or on the door.

This event will feature the wonderful PASCALE PETIT and SHADAY BARROWES-BAYEWUNMI!

PASCALE PETIT was born in Paris and lives in Cornwall. She is of French, Welsh, and Indian heritage. Her eighth collection, Tiger Girl (Bloodaxe Books, 2020), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize and for Wales Book of the Year. Her seventh collection, Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe Books, 2017), won the inaugural Laurel Prize for eco-poetry, the RSL’s Ondaatje Prize, was shortlisted for the Roehampton Prize and was a Poetry Book Society Choice. Four previous collections were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Petit is widely translated and travelled, particularly in the Amazon rainforest and India.

SHADAY BARROWES-BAYEWUNMI is a Plymouth-based spoken word & performance artist who explores how vulnerability and empowerment can co-exist in a charmingly LOUD way. Weird, wacky, & flirtatiously lyrical, Shaday will be performing extracts ‘UNIVERSALIS’ a fusion of poetry, music and theatre.

Open Mic:
If you would like to take the stage, there will be slots available to book in advance, or on the door, of roughly five minutes each. To grab one now and avoid disappointment, post on the event page!

The Plymouth Proprietary Library is located at The Gables, St Barnabas Terrace, Stoke, Plymouth, PL1 5NN. The nearest car park is Stuart Road, and the venue is roughly a ten minute walk from Plymouth train station.

Plymouth Proprietary Library is fully wheelchair accessible, with step free access and a disabled bathroom. There is also accessible parking just outside the entrance. If you have accessibility needs, let us know, and we will do our utmost to accommodate them.

Teas, coffees, wine and snacks will be available at the event, in exchange for donations to the Library. Otherwise, feel free to bring your own!

Due to the rise in cases of Covid-19, and due to having an immunocompromised person in attendance for this event, we will be gently encouraging audience members to wear face coverings. We will have these available on the door, or feel free to bring your own. We cannot compel anyone who attends to wear these, but anyone who chooses to do so will have our utmost appreciation.

Hosted, in the usual erratic and vaguely concerning fashion, by Jonah Corren.

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