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Poetry in Herons: Tom Sastry & Taran Spalding-Jenkin

24 June, 2023 @ 17:00 - 18:00

Our poetry series continues with Tom Sastry and Taran Spalding-Jenkin. They will read some of their poems for around 15 minutes each, followed by an opportunity to ask questions or have copies of their books signed.

Entry is free and all are very welcome. Please RSVP to read@heronbooks.co.uk or on social media so that we can keep track of numbers.

Tom Sastry’s second collection of poems You have no normal country to return to is political, ironic, emotional, morbid and funny in all the wrong places. It follows A Man’s House Catches Fire (2019) which was highly commended in the Forward Prize and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney First Collection Prize and the pamphlet Complicity (2016) which was a Poetry School Book of the Year and a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice.

“Smart, funny, challenging and, against all odds, hopeful. An essential, irresistible read” – Amy Acre
“A magician of deadpan” – Hera Lindsay Bird
“Tom Sastry navigates the mysterious everyday…making friendships and love affairs new and strange” – Carol Ann Duffy

Taran Spalding-Jenkin is a poet, performer, translator and native Kernewek speaker. Their work explores the spaces between identities, disability, queerness, and hireth – the longing for a lost home or one that has never existed. Taran is a co-runner of Tonic, Bristol’s music and poetry party, a bilingual workshop leader, and has won awards from Gorsedh Kernow for his poetry including the BBC audio project A Shanty For Cornish Youth. His debut pamphlet Health Hireth will be released by Broken Sleep Books in Summer 2023.


24 June, 2023
17:00 - 18:00
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Heron Books
0117 431 0616


Heron Books
Unit 5, The Clifton Arcade
Bristol, BS8 4AA United Kingdom
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