Keynote Poetry Reading

Thursday, 25th April, 3.30-4.30, HUMANITIES Institute Ireland, UCD


AWPI is delighted to welcome award-winning poet Mary Jean Chan as our keynote reader on Thursday, 26 April 2019. Chan will read poems from her forthcoming Faber & Faber collection Flèche. The reading will feature a short Q&A, and will be followed by a book-signing.

Mary Jean Chan was born and raised in Hong Kong and studied at Swarthmore College, the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the author of A Hurry of English, which was selected as the 2018 Poetry Book Society Summer Pamphlet Choice. Her debut collection Flèche is forthcoming from Faber & Faber in July 2019. Chan is the winner of the 2017 Anne Born Prize, the 2017 Psychoanalysis and Poetry Competition and the 2016 Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition in the ESL category. She came Second in the 2017 National Poetry Competition and was shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.

Photo: Adrian Pope

A Ledbury Poetry Critic, Chan has written reviews for The GuardianPN ReviewThe Poetry School, The Poetry ReviewPoetry London and The Hong Kong Review of Books. Her articles and essays have appeared in The Journal of American StudiesWild Court and Modern Poetry in Translation. She is an editor of Oxford Poetry, an editorial board member at Brookes Review, an advisory board member at the Poetry Translation Centre and a newly appointed member of the Folio Academy. She works as a Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Oxford Brookes University and lives in London.

About Flèche (forthcoming in July 2019)

Flèche (the French word for ‘arrow’) is an offensive technique commonly used in épée, a competitive sport of the poet’s teenage and young adult years. This cross-linguistic pun presents the queer, non-white body as both vulnerable (‘flesh’) and weaponised (‘flèche’) in public and private spaces. Themes of multilingualism, queerness, post-colonialism and cultural history emerge by means of an imagined personal, maternal and national biography, spoken by a polyphony of female voices.

This event is free and open to the public. All welcome. Booking required.