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Tjawangwa Dema What Are the Boundaries Between Humans and Nature?

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TJ Dema by Masahiro Sugano

Strange Brew  |  £6 / Pay What You Can

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This Earth Day, Bristol indie publisher No Bindings welcome you to the launch of Tjawangwa Dema's new collection of ecopoetry with a special evening of poetry, music and conversation.

History, belonging and race converge with climate crisis, ecosystems and care in the startling and vibrant poems by Tjawangwa Dema. With illustrations by Tebogo Cranwell, and a foreword by Chris Abani, an/other pastoral is a compelling collection that refuses easy representations of where nature can be found, and what it means to be human now.

Here is the line between man and man / and nature / man-made / as all false boundaries are.

Tjawangwa Dema, an/other pastoral

The event includes readings from Dema and a discussion chaired by Heather Marks. Stay for the book-signing and music from Ifeoluwa until 22:00. There will be a bar offering alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as teas, coffees and snacks.

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Tjawangwa Dema’s an/other pastoral is published by No Bindings. Pre-order a copy online or buy on the night.

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Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

TJ Dema by Masahiro Sugano

Tjawangwa Dema is the author of three books of poetry: Mandible, The Careless Seamstress, winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize, and an/other pastoral. She is an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the University of Bristol.

Image credit: Masahiro Sugano
Heather Marks

Heather Marks is a producer, publisher, editor and writer. She is a producer at Words of Colour, a creative development agency for creatives of colour, and at Bristol Festivals Network, supporting the festivals and events sector in the South West. She is the winner of the 2018 Golden Egg Award for her work-in-progress The Disobedients, and has a first look deal with Chicken House.

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Ticket pricing: £6 full price ticket (for those with a stable income, able to comfortably cover all their essential needs) OR Pay What You Can (for those who have low or no income).

Venue Information

As a result of the government’s relaxation of Plan B rules on Covid-19 which came into effect on 27 January 2022, Strange Brew will no longer be requiring proof of negative lateral flow / PCR test / vaccination passport for entry. Please do not attend if you are showing symptoms of Covid-19 or are a close contact with a positive case.


  • The venue is step-free and wheelchair accessible throughout with a separate accessible WC, an ambulant WC and all-gender WC facilities.
  • For any specific access requirements, please email
  • There will be one person on the door throughout the event.

Getting to Strange Brew

Strange Brew is located in Bristol City Centre on Fairfax Street, underneath the NCP car park.

  • Buses: All bus routes come to the centre. The nearest bus stops to Strange Brew are Nelson Street (approx 1 minute walk) or The Haymarket (approx 5 minute walk).
  • Trains: The nearest station is Bristol Temple Meads (15 min walk / 6 min cycle).
  • Parking: NCP car park on Fairfax Street. Limited on-street paid parking may be available.

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