Poetry Club: Joelle Taylor
Our popular contemporary poetry series, Poetry Club, returns to The Coronet Theatre in our candlelit bar featuring readings from the winner of the 2021 T.S Eliot Prize Joelle Taylor.
Poetry Club is supported by the TS Eliot Foundation
Joelle Taylor is the author of 4 collections of poetry. Her most recent collection C+NTO & Othered Poems (Westbourne Press) won the 2021 T.S Eliot Prize, was the subject of a Radio 4 arts documentary Butch, and was recently shortlisted for the Polari Prize. A former UK SLAM Champion she founded the national youth poetry slams SLAMbassadors through the Poetry Society in 2001, remaining its Artistic Director until 2018. She is a co-curator and host of Out-Spoken Live, resident at the Southbank Centre, and the current editor of Out-Spoken Press. She has recently completed a book tour of Australia including Sydney Opera House (March 2022). C+NTO is currently being adapted for theatre with a view to touring it from 2023. She is also completing her memoirs for publication in 2024, as well as a novel of interconnecting stories The Night Alphabet. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
‘Joelle Taylor has produced one of the most astonishing and original poetry collections of recent years. C+NTO challenges imprisoning notions of womanhood by celebrating and foregrounding those who face a hostile society when they are only being true to themselves.’
Bernardine Evaristo, New Statesman Book of the Year