Abigail Parry Readings

Abigail Parry Readings

‘With macabre wit and a gothic sense of romance, Jinx returns obsessively to a handful of images. It gives the collection a singular and cohesive vision, while also turning it into a claustrophobic, repetitive nightmare. It may not be to everyone’s taste. For this reader, it was electrifying…. Jinx is a charming collection. Read it at your peril.’ – Tristram Fane Saunders, The Telegraph, Poetry Book of the Month


Abigail Parry's debut collection Jinx, published by Bloodaxe Books in March 2018, has been shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection, one of the Forward Prizes.  Abigail will be reading from the collection at the Forward Prize Award ceremony at London's Southbank Centre on 18 September, as well as at other events in 2018.


Thursday 5 July, 7-8.30pm, Keats House, London

10 Keats Grove, Hampstead, London NW3 2RR

Three Bloodaxe Women

Indian poet and dancer Tishani Doshi will be reading from her new collection Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods at Keat's House. Doshi is joined by London-based Bloodaxe poets, Amy Key, sharing poems from her second book, Isn't Forever, a Poetry Book Society Wild Card Choice, and Abigail Parry, reading from debut, Jinx, which is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.  Hosted by poet in residence at Keats House, Hannah Lowe (also Bloodaxe).

Free, but booking recommended.

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Tuesday 18 September 2018, 7pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London

The 27th annual Forward Prizes will be awarded on 18 September 2018 at the Southbank Centre in London. The prizes will be awarded live on stage by the chair of the jury Bidisha and there will be readings from the 15 poets shortlisted for the different categories.  

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The Forward Arts Foundation in conversation with Abilgail Parry here.

Poem feature on the Forward Prizes website: 'Girl to Snake' from Jinx is here.

Carol Rumens discussed Abigail Parry's poem ‘The Quilt’ from Jinx in her Poem of the Week column for 30 April in The Guardian here. Carol commends Abigail Parry’s ‘linguistic zest’

A film of Abigail reading the poem can be seen on the title page for Jinx,


Abigail Parry’s debut collection Jinx was chosen by Tristram Fane Saunders as his Poetry Book of the Month for March in his Daily Telegraph column.

Click here to read the review. Available online in full by subscription.  You can sign up for one free article a week to view this review.

[19 June 2018]

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