"When we read, we start at the beginning and continue until we reach the end. When we write, we start in the middle and fight our way out." - Vickie Karp
Monday, 24 September 2012
this is the capital of me
On 13 September, English PEN launched ‘Poems for Pussy Riot‘ in support of three members of the Russian punk band - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich – who are currently serving a two year prison sentence. A poem of mine, 'Vaginaland,' is part of this project, andyou can read it over here. There are a lot of fantastic poems going up on the website between now and 1st October by people I admire greatly: Ali Smith, Deborah Levy, Sophie Mayer and many others. The poems are being translated into Russian, and will be sent to the girls in prison.
Jen Campbell is the author of the best-selling 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' series, and her new book 'The Bookshop Book' is out now. She's also an award-winning poet and short story writer. Her poetry collection 'The Hungry Ghost Festival' is published by The Rialto, and she lives in London, where she works at an antiquarian bookshop. She is currently writing a short story collection and she runs a Booktube channel over at youtube.com/jenvcampbell
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