The next CLR reading is on Friday 24 September at 7pm BST, with Patrick Coyle, Jade Montserrat, and Sammy Playford.

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Concession: FREE

Event: £2.50

Event + Complimentary CLR Issue: £10

Patrick Coyle is an artist who makes semi-improvised performances that play with spoken language and combine various modes of public address such as guided tours, sermons, poetry readings and songs. Drawing and sculpture are important aspects of Coyle’s work, and he and his two-year-old son are currently exhibiting crayon drawings they made together during lockdown in the group exhibition ‘Where We Are Now’ at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.

Jade Montserrat is an artist based in Whitby, England. She was the recipient of the Stuart Hall Foundation Scholarship supporting her PhD (via MPhil) at IBAR, UCLan, and the development of her work from her black diasporic perspective in the North of England. Jade works through performance, drawing, painting, film, installation, sculpture, print and text.

Sammy Playford is an artist living in Bristol, UK. She sometimes draws guts and ladders, sometimes stick n pokes, and sometimes writes poetry. Her work is into being a body, and not, listening to faeries, trans stuff, and necromancy. She has a book length poem about Bigfoot, ‘There’s Always Things Falling Out The Sky’, a collaboration with Roxy Topia & Paddy Gould published this year by Pink Sands Studio. Some of the work she’s most proud of is now ink on bodies, but a few other places it has been published, shown or performed over the years are Modern Queers (2021), Radmin, Bristol (2019), Supernormal Festival, Oxfordshire (2019), Outpost, Norwich (2018), Hauser & Wirth, Somerset (2017), Res., London (2016), Five Years, London (2015). Since 2014 her and Tom Prater have co-edited the artist-led journal, Doggerland. @sammyplayford on Instagram.

CLR Reading Series: Watch Peter Gizzi, Hannah Brooks-Motl, and Luke Roberts

On 31 May the CLR hosted an online reading with Peter Gizzi, Hannah Brooks-Motl, and Luke Roberts, the second in our new series of readings showcasing established and emerging writers and artists, and we’re pleased to be able to share the proceedings with you via YouTube. Enjoy!

Read Online: “The Iliad, or the Poem of Force” by Simone Weil

For CLR 13: RESISTANCE, we typeset Simone Weil’s incredible 1939 essay “The Iliad, or the Poem of Force”. But when it came to printing the issue was already pretty full, and more expensive to print than was ideal, so the “Poem of Force” slipped out. (Though the last minute change is why you will still find Simone Weil’s author notes in the printed issue). Instead, we are making our typeset version of the essay freely available here. Enjoy!

Read Online from Issue 13: “That Death, That Decade: Sean Bonney” by Luke Roberts

At the CLR we’re proud to have twice printed pieces by Sean Bonney, in issues 3 and 11, and like so many were shocked and saddened by his untimely passing. In the latest issue Luke Roberts remembers his relationship with Sean, pays tribute to his poetry, and reflects on the 2010s, in an essay that is now free to read online.

Read Online from Issue 13: “really existing satire” by Robert Kiely

CLR 13: RESISTANCE contains a thrumming and multi-layered essay by Robert Kiely on “really existing satire”. It’s a joy for us to make the essay available in a web version for free access, and to be publishing it in the print issue alongside new poetry by Verity Spott, who Kiely champions as a satirist.


Join the Cambridge Literary Review for an evening of poetry with Vahni Capildeo, Andre Bagoo, and Paige Smeaton.

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Vahni Capildeo FRSL is Writer in Residence at the University of York, Visiting Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge and a Contributing Editor for PN Review. Like a Tree, Walking (Carcanet, forthcoming November 2021) includes lullabies in hilly Port of Spain, and ‘stillness exercises’ recording microenvironments around British trees.

Andre Bagoo is a Trinidadian poet and writer, the author of several poetry collections including BURN and Pitch Lake. His essay collection on literature and art, The Undiscovered Country, was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2020. He is managing editor at Moko. Photo by Azriel Boodram.

Paige Smeaton is from Aberystwyth, Wales. Her prose poetry has been published in Blackbox Manifold, the Chicago Review, Stand, and the Cambridge Literary Review.


Join the Cambridge Literary Review for an evening of poetry with Peter Gizzi, Hannah Brooks-Motl, and Luke Roberts.

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Peter Gizzi’s recent books include Now It’s Dark (2020) and Archeophonics (2016). Also in 2020, Sky Burial: New & Selected Poems came out from Carcanet in the UK. His honours include fellowships from The Rex Foundation, The Howard Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and The Guggenheim Foundation. He has twice been the recipient of The Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellowship in Poetry at the University of Cambridge. For more info:

Hannah Brooks-Motl is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Earth (Song Cave, 2019). Her work has appeared inthe Cambridge Literary Review, the Chicago Review, and Tupelo Quarterly, among other places. She lives in western Massachusetts where she works as an editor for two open access scholarly presses.

Luke Roberts is the author of Glacial Decoys (Boise, ID: Free Poetry, 2021), Landscaping Under Duress (Cambridge: Equipage, 2021), and other works of poetry and prose. His edition of uncollected work by Barry MacSweeney, Desire Lines: Unselected Poems, 1966-2000, was published by Shearsman in 2018. He lives and works in London.