Poetry: Raymond Antrobus, Bhanu Kapil, Nat Raha

Troubling Care: Raymond Antrobus, Bhanu Kapil, Nat Raha
Troubling Care: Raymond Antrobus, Bhanu Kapil, Nat Raha


Featuring three of the most exciting writers working in the UK – Nat Raha, Bhanu Kapil and Raymond Antrobus – this event explores the possibilities for a poetics of care. Troubling the concept of care in the context of intersecting histories of disability, gender, sexuality and race, these poets discuss and perform the political, ethical and aesthetic imperative of taking care with writing.

This event is part of the 2021 Critical Poetics Summer School, organised by the Critical Poetics Research Group at Nottingham Trent University in partnership with Nottingham Contemporary and Curated & Created at NTU.


7-7.10pm: Introduction
7.10-7.25pm: Nat Raha
7.25-7.40pm: Bhanu Kapil
7.40-7.55pm: Raymond Antrobus
7.55-8.15pm: Dialogue

Chair: Zayneb Allak

About the event

Online. Free. Pre-recorded.
You can access this event through this webpage and on the Nottingham Contemporary YouTube channel.
There will be automated live captioning for this event.
A transcription will be available for download on this webpage afterwards.
We are unable to provide British Sign Language interpretation for this event.
A recording of the event will be available afterwards.
The duration of the event is 1.5 hours. A rest break is not included.

Raymond Antrobus was born in London to an English mother and Jamaican father. He is author of The Perseverance (2018), To Sweeten Bitter (2017) and the children’s picture book Can Bears Ski? (2020) illustrated by Polly Dunbar. In 2019 he was a recipient of the Ted Hughes Award and won the Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award, and became the first poet to be awarded the Rathbone Folio Prize. His next poetry collection All The Names Given is published in September by Picador (UK) and Tin House (US).

Bhanu Kapil is the author of six full-length collections, most recently How To Wash A Heart (2020), and Incubation: a space for monsters (2006), forthcoming in a new edition with essays on performance and shame, and a preface by Eunsong Kim.

Nat Raha is a poet and activist-scholar based in Edinburgh. She is the author of three collections and numerous pamphlets of poetry, including of sirens, body & faultlines (2018), countersonnets (2013), Octet (2010) and ‘four dreams’ (2020). Her creative and critical writing has appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, Third Text, Poetry Review, MAP Magazine, The New Feminist Literary Studies (2020), and in the 2020 anthologies ON CARE , The Weird Folds: Anthropocene in the Everyday, and We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics. Her writing has been translated into French, Galician, German, Greek, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Slovenian. Nat is a Research Fellow on the project ‘Life Support: Forms of Care in Art and Activism’ at the University of St Andrews, which is opening an exhibition at Glasgow Women’s Library in August. In 2018, she completed her PhD ‘Queer Capital: Marxism in queer theory and post-1950 poetics’ at the University of Sussex. Nat co- edits Radical Transfeminism Zine.

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