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Maria Sledmere Cinders

Join us for the launch of Maria Sledmere's new poetry collection Cinders

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08.03.24. 6.30–8pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite

Join us for the launch of Maria Sledemere’s Cinders – a perverse and hybrid reimagining of Jacques Derrida’s 1987 book of the same name and the rags-to-riches fairy tale, Cinderella, set against anthropocene mythoscapes of deep time, haunted leisure plazas and terraformed Mars.

Cinders retells an old tale about lateness–how late is it, is it too late, what are the stakes of being too late if it is too late. This lateness, in Sledmere’s visionary lyric poems, pervades the structures and strictures of the pop dystopias and erotic utopias she studies: gender, class, geography, space–inner and outer. The very elements of Cinderella that were there all along as the wood burned to ash in the hearth. There will also be a reading by Vik Shirley.

Maria Sledmere was raised in South Ayrshire and now lives in Glasgow. In 2022 she completed a DFA in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, working on a project of ‘hypercritique’ which responds to the anthropocene through entanglements of poetry, essay and journaling. Maria lectures in English & Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde, is managing editor of SPAM Press and teaches writing workshops for Beyond Form and the87press. She was recently included in the Saltire Society’s ‘40 under 40’ list celebrating ‘outstanding Scottish creatives’.

Vik Shirley is a poet, writer, educator, critic, and editor from Bristol, now living in Edinburgh. Her collection, The Continued Closure of the Blue Door (HVTN), her pamphlets, Corpses (Sublunary Editions), Grotesquerie for the Apocalypse (Beir Bua) and Poets (The Red Ceilings Press), and her book of photo-poetry Disrupted Blue and other poems on Polaroid (Hesterglock) were all published 2020-2022. Her most recent publications are Notes from the Underworld (Sublunary Editions), and Strangers Wave: Joy Division Photo Poems (zimZalla), which both came out in 2023. Vik’s work has appeared in such places as Poetry London, PN Review, The Rialto, Magma, 3am Magazine, Tentacular and Dreaming Awake: New Contemporary Prose Poetry from the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. A Poetry School tutor, teaching on the Surreal Narrative, Absurdism, and the Grotesque in Poetry, she has a PhD in Dark Humour and the Surreal from the University of Birmingham. Vik is Digital Editor of Sublunary Editions and co-editor of Surreal-Absurd for Mercurius magazine.

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