Five O’Clock Verses
This evening brings together two poets who both won the Forward Prize for their first collections and have since gone on to greater acclaim. Rachael Boast is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Void Studies (Picador, 2016). Void Studies realises a project proposed by Arthur Rimbaud – that of a collection of poems written as musical études. The otherworldly, extraordinary result of this endeavour was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. A graduate of St Andrews, Rachael makes a welcome return here, as does Daljit Nagra, eleven years after his last appearance on a StAnza stage. Daljit was selected as a New Generation Poet by the PBS and was the inaugural poet in residence for BBC Radio 4. From his debut collection Look We Have Coming to Dover! to the 2017 British Museum, his poetry questions, celebrates and mocks hard and fast understandings of identity, language and culture.