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Coronet Inside Out: Rachel Long

(This is a past event and is no longer running)

For Coronet Inside Out Rachel Long reads from her beautiful, searching debut collection My Darling from the Lions – published by Picador and shortlisted for this year’s Forward Prize for Best First Collection – in the atmospheric setting of the empty auditorium of The Coronet Theatre. It is razor-sharp poetry that explores race, shame, love and healing that’s in tune with the current times.


“It was a mooring experience to read poems in the half-dark and dappled glamour of an empty Coronet Theatre in the middle of lockdown, in the midst of a global pandemic. Here was a chair, and a book, and a light. The emptiness of the theatre did not feel ominous but much like a blank page — full of potential and hope for the stories and voices that will come to fill it, soon.”Rachel Long


Rachel is the founder of Octavia Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour, which is hosted by the Southbank Centre. Her poetry and prose have been widely published, most recently by Mal, Filigree and the White Review. She is Assistant Tutor to Jacob Sam La Rose on the Barbican Young Poets programme, 2015-present.

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Twitter: @rachelnalong; #MyDarlingFromTheLions; @picadorbooks

Photo – Amaal Said