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Bristol Poetry Institute Annual Reading: Claudia Rankine

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In association with Festival of Ideas and the Centre for Black Humanities.

Award-winning poet, writer and thinker Claudia Rankine delivers the 2020 Bristol Poetry Institute Annual Reading. Recipient of the 2016 MacArthur Fellowship and author of five poetry collections, Professor Rankine will read from her new publication, Just Us: An American Conversation (published in the UK by Allen Lane) and be in conversation with Vanessa Kisuule, Bristol’s City Poet from 2018-2020. Just Us is Claudia Rankine’s most intimate work yet, questioning what it means now to interrogate white privilege, well-meaning liberal politics, white male aggression, the implications of blondness, white supremacy in the White House, the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and what she calls the alarming move towards Brexit.

This event has been organised in partnership with the Bristol Poetry Institute, Festival of Ideas and Centre for Black Humanities. It is part of the A Poetic City season of events commemorating 250 years since the death of Bristol-born poet Thomas Chatterton and The Festival of Ideas Great Reset programme looking at the solutions to the challenges we face (which runs October 2020-October 2021).

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