December 2017

London Workshop

Saturday 2nd December 2017
Empathy: Poetry School Workshop
Can you really see the world from another's perspective? Explore empathetic writing with Sarah Howe.
‘How difficult is it for one body to feel the injustice wheeled at another?’ Claudia Rankine’s question points towards the possibilities and the limits of empathy, our capacity to cross the border between ‘self’ and ‘other’. Looking at poems that invite us to try on someone else’s shoes – or question the attempt – we’ll range from questions about ‘lyric’, to mirror neurons, to cultural appropriation, through a mixture of reading, discussion and writing.
The Poetry School, 81 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX
£72, 10.30am-4.30pm

November 2017

Reading in Liverpool

Tuesday 14th November 2017
Miriam Allott Series 2017-18: Reading at the University of Liverpool
Sarah Howe, TIDE Writer in Residence will read with University of Liverpool's Colm Toibin Fellow in Creative Writing, the novelist Anthony Joseph
School of the Arts Library, 23 Abercromby Square, University of Liverpool

Reading in Newcastle

Saturday 11th November 2017
The Mighty Stream: Anthology Launch
Join anthology contributors Fred D’Aguiar, Kwame Dawes, Imtiaz Dharker, Sarah Howe and Jackie Kay who will be reading from The Mighty Stream: Poems in Celebration of Dr Martin Luther King (Bloodaxe & Newcastle University, 2017).
King's Hall, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU
£6/£4/£2, 5.30pm

Events in York

Saturday 11th November 2017
NAWE Conference: Poetry Masterclass
A morning workshop
Park Inn by Radisson, North St, York YO1 6JF

Friday 10th November 2017
NAWE 30th Anniversary Conference: Poetry Reading
Evening reading and Q&A, followed by a workshop on the following morning
Park Inn by Radisson, North St, York YO1 6JF

London Conference

Thursday 9th November 2017
The Complete Works Diversity in UK Poetry Conference
Morning panel with Dr Sandeep Parmar on 'the culture of reviewing' (12.30-1.15pm), followed by an evening reading with Mona Arshi, Malika Booker, Kayo Chingonyi and Karen Mc Carthy Woolf
Goldsmiths, University of London, 8 Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW
Free but booking required, 7.30pm

Paradise Lost Anniversary

Tuesday 7th November 2017
Echoes of Paradise: An Evening of Contemporary Responses to Miltonís Paradise Lost
An evening of talks, music and poetry celebrating the 350th anniversary of the publication of Milton's Paradise Lost, with newly commissioned poems from Sarah Howe and Helen Mort
Yusuf Hamied Theatre, Christ's College, Cambridge, CB2 3BU
4:30-5:30pm, Lecture by Professor Sir Christopher Ricks: 'Milton and those who follow his art towards blasphemy'
6:00-7:30pm, Music from Trio Apaches, by Sally Beamish and Edwin Hillier
Poetry by Sarah Howe and Helen Mort

October 2017

Sunday 29th October 2017
London Literature Festival: Letters of Sylvia Plath: 1940 - 1956
Hear a selection of newly published letters by one of the defining poets of the 20th century, Sylvia Plath, in this live reading and discussion. With letters specially selected by acclaimed poet and writer Lavinia Greenlaw and featuring award-winning authors Eimear McBride, Max Porter and Sarah Howe, read by Lydia Wilson.
Royal Festival Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX
£15-£35, 7.30pm

BBC Radio 4 Commission

Sunday 29th October 2017
Conversations on a Bench: London's Chinatown
BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm

I contributed a sequence of new poems to an episode of Radio 4's Conversations on a Bench set in London's Chinatown. My poems draw on interviews and oral testimonies collected by the producer Anna Scott-Brown, who spent a number of weeks sitting on a bench outside a bubble tea shop in Gerrard Street hearing stories from passers-by.

These hidden stories are glimpsed through snatched moments and the painful and beautiful stories people tell Anna in this busy urban setting – the life on hold of an illegal immigrant, the gambler who has lost everything and found God but who is still fighting his addiction, the woman whose father committed suicide after the handover of Hong Kong to China, the political exile turned lawyer, the successful businessman, the artist and the chef.

Throughout it all, the importance of food and family emerges as people speak of where they find their roots – in Mainland China, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, London's Chinatown itself – and compare the experiences of being a migrant to Britain with a British-born Chinese. The programme will be available on BBC iPlayer for a month after broadcast.