This event will take place on Zoom. It will begin at 7.30pm. Please book tickets and an open mic slot through the Eventbrite link which will appear on our Hoe Page around ten days before the date.

Liz Berry is an award-winning poet and author of the critically acclaimed collections Black Country (Chatto, 2014); The Republic of Motherhood (Chatto, 2018); The Dereliction (Hercules Editions, 2021), a collaboration with artist Tom Hicks; and, most recently, The Home Child (Chatto, 2023), a novel in verse. Liz’s work, described as “a sooty soaring hymn to her native West Midlands” (Guardian), celebrates the landscape, history and dialect of the Black Country. She has received the Somerset Maugham Award, Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and Forward Prizes. 


Kostya Tsolakis was born and raised in Athens, Greece, and now lives in London. He is founding editor of harana poetry, the online magazine for poets writing in English as a second or parallel language. In 2019 he won the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition (ESL category). His poems have been widely published in magazines, including fourteen poems, Magma Poetry, Poetry London and Poetry Review, and anthologies, such as 100 Queer Poems (Vintage, 2022). His poetry pamphlet Ephebos was published by ignitionpress in November 2020. His first full-length collection, Greekling, will be published by Nine Arches Press in October 2023.