We are a very excited to present Big Time Sensuality, an Iceland-tinted evening of performance and poetry from four great poets - two of Reykjavik and two of London. Valgerður Þóroddsdóttir, Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir, Jeremy Reed, and Lavina Greenlaw will ruminate on the idea of elsewhere, on fantasy, sexuality, and expectation. And on everything that is in-between. Come join us for an all star evening of chilling magic.
Valgerður Þóroddsdóttir is an Iceland-born poet and publisher currently based in Manchester and Reykjavik. Hailed ‘the future of Icelandic poetry’ (Sjón), Þóroddsdóttir’s booklet-length poem What Once Was Forest explores the limitations of embodiment, and has been acclaimed for its “pinpoint precision in the description of the existence of two bodies”. She was nominated on behalf of Iceland to the PEN International New Voices Award (2014) and has had poetry published in a number of anthologies and magazines including Gutter, SAND, and Magma.
Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Reykjavik. Her work occupies the borderland between performance art, experimental music and poetry. She combines elements of surrealism and satire in the pursuit of a re-mystification of the everyday. ‘Clever, funny, both thought-provoking and soothing’ (The Reykjavik Grapevine).
Jeremy Reed’s work has been described by Björk as ‘the most beautiful, outrageously brilliant poetry in the world.’ He is The Society Club’s resident poet, and we have published a collection of his Soho poems Red Light Blues. Apart from that, he has published dozens of poetry collections, biographies, and history books. For JG Ballard, Reed is ‘Rimbaud reconfigured as the Man who fell to Earth, a visitor from deep space whose time machine was designed by Lautréamont and de Sade, and powered by the most exotic fuels the imagination has ever devised’.
Lavina Greenlaw is an accomplished poet who was released five collections with Faber and Faber and won the T.S. Eliot, Forward and Whitbread Poetry prizes. Apart from that she has written two novels and two works on non-fiction, including Questions Of Travel: William Morris in Iceland. Her innovative and unusual presentation of Morris’ Iceland travel diaries have left critics at the Scotsman marvelling at how she “has adapted and inverted the already fascinating account of the Pre-Raphaelite painter’s rather charmingly bumbling trip.
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