Faber Members presents an evening with Ishion Hutchinson November 6, 2017, at Faber & Faber, Bloomsbury House, 74-77 Great Russell Street, London, UK. This event celebrates Hutchinson’s new collection, House of Lords and Commons, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. More information below and at Faber & Faber:
Join us at this special event to mark the publication of Ishion Hutchinson’s thrilling new collection, House of Lords and Commons, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.
The poems in House of Lords and Commons have been described as ‘the strongest to come out of the Caribbean in a generation’ (New York Times Book Review) and show a profound engagement with culture and landscape, seascape and language, inheritance and race. The poems convey the complex allure of Hutchinson’s native Jamaican landscape, and the violent forces that shaped its history, with remarkable lyric precision. But they also speak far beyond the Caribbean experience, thanks to the author’s uncanny ability to reach the universal within the local.
House of Lords and Commons is a skilfully crafted and tender expression of human experience in a world of prejudice and danger that is also a world of intense colour, remarkable music, indefatigable love. ‘What really sets this collection in a league of its own is its rare wisdom – the wisdom of having been there and of having stayed, when others turned and fled, for the final, unflinching gaze into the eye of the storm.’ John Burnside
At this event Ishion will be reading from the collection and discussing his work with Faber’s Poetry Editor, Matthew Hollis.
Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. His first collection, Far District, came out in 2010 and received the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. House of Lords and Commons, his second collection, was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award 2016. Other honours include the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award and the Larry Levis Prize from the Academy of American Poets.
[Please note that this is a ticketless event and your name and number of tickets you’ve purchased will be on the guest list held on the door. Tickets: £10 / £8]