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Poetry from Danez Smith, supported by Panya Banjoko and Cappa POSTPONED, SEE BELOW

Thursday, 12th March, 2020    
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Marco Island, Huntingdon Street, Nottingham, NG11AP

I am sorry to say that next week’s reading by Danez Smith, supported by Panya Banjoko and Cappa, has had to be postponed. Danez’ tour organiser contacted us this morning and sent the note below from their publisher, Chatto. Danez lives in the USA and has cancelled the UK tour.

“We’re sorry to announce Danez Smith’s UK events next week are postponed, and we hope to rearrange for later dates this year. This difficult decision comes as a result of the cancellation of some of Danez’s US events due to coronavirus concerns, and the uncertain UK situation.”

We have been assured that, assuming there is a later tour, we will have first refusal.

If you are not on our mailing list for events generally, do get in touch as we organise many poetry events (two others next week!) and events of particular Black and LGBT+ interest.





Danez Smith is a Black, Queer, Poz writer from America. Danez is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead, winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collectionand [insert] boy,  the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry.  Danez’s third collection, Homie, has just been published.


“& colin kaepernick is my president, who kneels on the air bent toward a branch, throwing apples down to the children & vets & rihanna is my president, walking out of global summits with wine glass in hand, our taxes returned in gold to dust our faces into coins & my mama is my president, her grace stuntson amazing, brown hands breaking brown bread overmouths of the hungry until there are none unfed & my grandma is my president & her cabinet is her cabinet cause she knows to trust what the pan knows how the skillet wins the war” -from ‘my president’

Danez Smith is our President. A mighty anthem about the saving grace of friendship, Danez Smith’s highly anticipated collection Homie is rooted in their search for joy and intimacy in a time where both are scarce. In poems of rare power and generosity, Smith acknowledges that in a country overrun by violence, xenophobia and disparity, and in a body defined by race, queerness, and diagnosis, it can be hard to survive, even harder to remember reasons for living. But then the phone lights up, or a shout comes up to the window, and family – blood and chosen – arrives with just the right food and some redemption. Part friendship diary, part bright elegy, part war cry, Homie is written for friends: for Danez’s friends, for yours.

Supported by Panya Banjoko and Paul Stephen Adey, aka Cappo
A Nottingham Creative Writing Hub/Five Leaves Bookshop event

Admission: £6.00 (£4.00 those without a wage or on low wages). Free to students and staff at Nottingham Trent University.


Booking essential via events@fiveleaves.co.uk