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Hi Zero #66 Contemporary Poetry Readings - Annual Spesh

Hi Zero presents an evening of unusual poetry, featuring more poets than usual, not necessarily (but MAYBE?) in this order:


Kat Sinclair

(Kat Sinclair is a poet, musician, and occasional fake news freelancer currently studying for a PhD in robots and women and stuff at the University of Sussex. Her work can be found all over, you can Google it; you may also come across her MySpace page from 2005, and she’s sorry about that. She also helps run events with the Devil’s Dyke Network.)

Linda Paoli

Nehaal Bajwa

Jeff Nagy

(Jeff Nagy is a writer, translator, and historian of technology in Berkeley, CA. His writing has appeared in Fence, Chicago Review, Artforum, Paris Review, Hi Zero, and elsewhere.)

Azad Ashim Sharma

(Azad Ashim Sharma is a poet living in South London. In 2017 Azad's first collection of poetry, ‘Against the Frame,’ was published by Barque Press. This collection engages with the concept of trauma as a result of the experiences of on-going conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Additionally, these poems explore the vulnerability of Azad's complex Islamic-Hindu hybrid identity and experiences of xenophobia in a political landscape punctuated by Donald Trump, Brexit, and the rise of new fascisms. In 2018 Azad co-founded the87press, a publisher of experimental literatures. Azad is currently studying for an MA Creative and Critical Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London.)

Kashif Sharma-Patel

(Kashif Sharma-Patel is a poet and writer focusing on subaltern history, postcolonial aesthetics and queer performativity. They are also the co-founder of small poetry press and events organiser The 87, along with Azad Ashim Sharma, with a debut book forthcoming called Dreaming Death. They write freelance in the area of music, culture and art, and run a blog

Stephen Mooney

(Stephen Mooney is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and poetry coordinator at the University of Surrey, where he was also the Poet in Residence in 2012/13. He is an associate member of the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre at Birkbeck, and co-runs the small poetry press, Veer Books. His poetry has appeared in various places and web-places, including as part of the performative poetry grouping ‘London Under Construction’. The poetry collections, DCLP and Shuddered, the latter co-authored with Aodan McCardle and Piers Hugill, were published by Veer Books in 2008 and 2010 respectively, while the trilogy, The Cursory Epic (2014), 663 Reasons Why (2016) and Ratzinger Solo (2016) were published by Contraband Books.)

Simi Bickersteth

(Simi Bickersteth is a student at the University of Sussex.)

Keston Sutherland

(Keston Sutherland is a poet based in Brighton, UK.)

Connie Scozzaro

(Connie Scozzaro's books include 'Contrapposto Action Queen' from Bad Press, and the forthcoming 'Marnie,' from Krupskaya.)

Mitchel Pass

(Mitchel Pass is a PhD student at the University of Sussex.)

Alison Rumfitt

James Garwood-Cole

Joe Luna

(Joe Luna is a poet based in Brighton, yoo kay.)

Rosy Carrick


Plus the usual music from a thing, books, bar, and music.

All taking place upstairs at the Hope & Ruin on Queen's Road, Brighton. Doors at 7:30pm for an 8:00pm start.

£3 for all this. The readings will be in sets of 4/5 and there's more information coming soon. Buckle up!


Accessibility information:

The Hope & Ruin has a stepped street entrace of approx. 10-15cm, and two flights of stairs from the pub level to the venue on the first floor. There is a wheelchair accessible gender nuetral toilet on the ground floor of the pub in the stairwell, but the m/f toilets on the first floor (the venue) are not wheelchair accessible. There is a bar in the venue, and plenty of seating.

This information is not exhaustive, so If you have any other accessibility inquiries, please contact me (Joe Luna) or the venue.



Later Event: December 20
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