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Migration in Poetry

December 16, 2017

People forced to leave their country is an important present-day issue, so how is it reflected in work by contemporary poets?

We have asked three poets with their distinct experiences of migration to read and tell us how it affected their poetry.

Norbert Hirschhorn’s parents emigrated from Poland to Austria, and via Italy and the UK to the USA. Recently, Norbert has lived in Beirut and London. Dutch poet Arnold Jansen op de Haar moved to the UK in 2014 and is directly affected by Brexit. TS Eliot prize shortlisted Jacqueline Saphra from South Africa will add a female perspective on migration.

To conclude, Holland Park Press publisher, Bernadette Jansen op de Haar will host a question and answer session.

There is the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the poets’ latest poetry collections:


All My  Mad Mothers
To Sing Away the Darkest Days
The Refrain of Other People’s Lives

Join us on Wednesday 10 January at 8pm in the National Poetry Library, Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX.

The event is free but you do need to book a ticket online or call the ticket office on 020 3879 9555.