Poetry: Five Bodies


Inspired by moments of unknowingness, invention and imagination, Five Bodies brings together some of the most outstanding British and international poets to share experiences of contemporary poetry.

The series welcomes unexpected ideas, experimental drifts and multiple voices following a long-standing tradition in poetry writing that melds perceiving, sensing, feeling and knowing as knowledge-making practices. Five Bodies asks how language invites communion with the sensorial, social, and political bodies and considers ways of relating to one another in the digital space.

With contributions by Nottingham-based poets, Sarah Jackson, Linda Kemp, Lila Matsumoto and Vicky Sparrow, along with new readings by Victoria Adukwei Bulley, J. R. Carpenter, Jesse Darling, Rowan Evans, James Goodwin, Johanna Hedva, Bhanu Kapil, Donika Kelly, Maureen M. Mclane, Sandeep Parmar, Nisha Ramayya, Ariana Reines, Himali Singh Soin and Simone White.

Five Bodies is collaboratively developed with the Critical Poetics research group at Nottingham Trent University. For those interested in learning more about the poets, creative-critical engagement, hybrid methodologies and experimental thinking, join the Five Bodies workshops.

Online. Free. This event will be livestreamed on Youtube.


6.30-7pm: Victoria Adukwei Bulley
7-7.20pm: Bhanu Kapil
7.20-7.40pm: Nisha Ramayya
7.45pm-8.30pm: Dialogue

Chair: Sarah Jackson

Victoria Adukwei Bulley is a poet, writer and filmmaker. Winner of a 2018 Eric Gregory Award for promising British poets under 30, her work has appeared in The Chicago Review, the London Review of Books, and The Poetry Review, in addition to featuring on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour. Her debut chapbook, Girl B, forms part of the 2017 New Generation African Poets series, edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani. Bulley is the director of MOTHER TONGUES, a poetry, translation and film project exploring the indigenous language heritages of black and brown poets. She is a doctoral candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Sarah Jackson works at the intersections of creative and critical theory and practice at Nottingham Trent University, where she leads the Critical Poetics Research Group. Her publications include Pelt (2012), which won the Seamus Heaney Prize and was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and Tactile Poetics: Touch and Contemporary Writing (2015). An AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker and AHRC Leadership Fellow, she is currently writing about literature and telephony in collaboration with the Science Museum and BT Archives.

Bhanu Kapil is an artist by-fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge. She is the author of several full-length collections, most recently How To Wash A Heart (2020) and Ban en Banlieue (2016). In 2020, she won a Windham-Campbell Prize and a Cholmondeley Award, both for poetry.

Nisha Ramayya is a poet whose debut collection States of the Body Produced by Love (2019) is published by Ignota Books. Other publications include Notes on a Means without End (2020) in Poetry Review; In Me the Juncture (2019) published by Sad Press; Threads (2018), a critical-creative pamphlet co-authored with Sandeep Parmar and Bhanu Kapil, published by clinic. She is a member of the Race & Poetry & Poetics in the UK research group and a lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London. In spring 2020, Ramayya is Poet in Residence at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton.

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