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Kwame Dawes in Conversation with Malika Booker and book launch of his latest collection, Sturge Town

Monday 2 October 2023, 18.15 - 20.15
Outlaws Yacht Club Leeds

Courtesy of Peepal Tree press and the University of Leeds Poetry Centre, join us for an evening's entertainment for the launch of Kwame Dawes's latest collection Sturge Town hosted by Khadijah Ibrahiim. Music and refreshments from 6.15. Reading and conversation 6.45-7.45. Book signing until 8.15. Everyone is welcome, but please book your place via Eventbrite.

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE: this event is now taking place at Outlaws Yacht Club in Leeds city centre.

Kwame Dawes is the author of over 20 books of poetry and numerous other books of fiction, criticism, and essays. He is Glenna Luschei Editor-in-Chief of Prairie Schooner and George W. Holmes University Professor at the University of Nebraska. Dawes is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His awards include an Emmy, the Felix Dennis (Forward) Prize for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Magazine Editing, and the Windham Campbell Prize for poetry.

Sturge Town is a stunning collection of poems that connects with the earliest days of Kwame Dawes’ work as a poet, from the roots of childhood in Ghana to the reflections of a man turned sixty who is witnessing his children occupying the space he once considered his own. It ranges from poems that make something special of the everyday, to poems of the most astonishing imaginative leaps into the numinous.