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‘Wild Life’ Poetry Event with James McDermott

‘Wild Life’ Poetry Event with James McDermott

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‘Wild Life’ Poetry Event with James McDermott

James McDermott’s new poetry collection ‘Wild Life’, from Nine Arches Press, explores the nature of queerness, queerness of nature and the queerness of ‘natural’ masculinity. In this event, James will perform poems from the collection followed by a Q&A with the audience plus a book signing.

James McDermott’s plays published by Samuel French include ‘Rubber Ring’ and ‘Time & Tide’. James’s poetry books include ‘Manatomy’, ‘Erased’ and ‘Green Apple Red’. James has written episodes of ‘EastEnders’ and plays for BBC Radio 4. He lectures in Creative Writing at UEA.

Praise for ‘Wild Life’

Wild Life celebrates a more-than-human world ‘always opening / always coming out’. So-called ‘nature’ is revealed as gleefully queer and the bizarre everyday performances of masculinity are illuminated, in that ‘factory / to manufacture men’, the gym, and beyond” Caleb Parkin

Wild Life is a vibrant and visceral work that dances artfully between inspired word play reclamations of language and identity, and revealing the succulent duality of the world all around us. My teenage self feels so seen reading this collection, and is so grateful for its existence. Its musicality, its themes, and its counsel are genuine soul food served by a master of the craft" Rick Dove

"Poems that mince and skip, strut and limp, saunter and wander. A sunny queer celebration of adolescence, nature and outdoors. McDermott is North Norfolk’s gay flâneur!" Paul Stephenson

Praise for McDermott’s poetry

“The language, wit, insights, power of expression… Magnificent. You don’t have to have grown up gay to love and appreciate this poetry, but it will of course have a special charge, beauty and meaning for those of us who have” Stephen Fry

"Bold, graphic and startling" Julian Clary

“McDermott delivers us his heart, terrors and triumphs” Luke Wright


Tom Thumb Theatre, 2A Eastern Esplanade, CT9 2LB Margate


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