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Poetry Club: Daljit Nagra, Matthew Hollis & Mona Arshi


We are delighted to welcome Daljit Nagra, Matthew Hollis and Mona Arshi for a spellbinding evening of poetry in our intimate candlelit bar – the fifth instalment in the 2023 series which marks the 10th anniversary of our poetry series.

Books will be available for purchase and signature in the bar after the reading where all are welcome to stay for a drink and chat to the poets.


Daljit Nagra has published four poetry collections with Faber. His most recent collection is indiom, to be published in September, and is chosen as the Autumn Choice by the Poetry Book Society. Daljit’s collections have won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem and Best First Book, the South Bank Show Decibel Award and the Cholmondeley Award, and been shortlisted for the Costa Prize and twice for the T. S. Eliot Prize. His poems have appeared in the New Yorker, the LRB and the TLS, and his journalism in the FT and the Guardian.

“Nagra would make an excellently provocative laureate” – The Sunday Times


Matthew Hollis’ first collection Ground Water (Bloodaxe Books, 2004) was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread Prize for Poetry and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas (Faber & Faber, 2011; W. W. Norton, 2012) won the Costa Biography Award and the H. W. Fisher Biography Prize and was Sunday Times Biography of the Year. The Waste Land: A Biography of a Poem was published in 2022 (Faber; Norton); Earth House, a volume of poems, by Bloodaxe Books, 2023.

“He combines worldly wisdom with more detailed, vernacular understanding to produce poems that speak with a sense of purpose and place” – Simon Armitage


Mona Arshi’s debut collection Small Hands won the Forward Prize for best first collection in 2015. Her second collection Dear Big Gods was published in 2019 (both books published by Liverpool University Press’s Pavilion Poetry list). Her writing has been published in The Times, The Guardian, Granta, The Yale Review and The Times of India as well as on the London Underground. She was writer in Residence at Cley Marshes in Norfolk. In 2020 she was appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Liverpool and will be a fellow in creative writing at Trinity College , Cambridge from 2022. Her debut novel Somebody Loves You was published by And Other Stories in 2021.


Poetry Club is supported by the TS Eliot Foundation.

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