Poetry Double Bill 2: Sean O’Brien & Stephanie Sy-Quia

A new collection by Sean O’Brien is not just a literary event, but also, invariably a reckoning of the times. And given the nature of our times, his voice is an essential one. But Embark also reminds us of the enduring consolations of love, of friendship, of possible futures and poetry itself.

Stephanie Sy-Quia’s Amnion, winner of the 2022 Forward Prize for the Best First Collection, excavates migratory histories, colonialism and class, and charts what it means to grow up in a family divided by geography, history and language.

Sean O’Brien was born in London , grew up in Hull and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. He is a poet, critic, editor, translator, broadcaster and novelist. His poetry, including The Beautiful Librarians, Europa and It Says Here, has won many awards, including the TS Eliot Prize and the E.M. Forster Award.

Stephanie Sy-Quia was born in California in 1995 and now lives in London. She studied English at Oxford and currently works as a freelance journalist. Her writing has appeared in the TLS, FT Weekend, and the Economist. Her debut, Amnion, was a Recommendation of the Poetry Book Society.


25 Mar 2023


2:30 pm


The Storey Auditorium
Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH

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