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Sophie Collins: I Want to Tell About Fire

Join us for readings and a conversation with poet and writer Sophie Collins, discussing some of the ideas at play within her poem commissioned in response to Eve Fowler’s work, and included in our newly published book accompanying the exhibition.

Collins grew up in Bergen, North Holland, and now lives in Edinburgh. She is co-editor of tender, an online art quarterly, and editor of Currently & Emotion (Test Centre, 2016), an anthology of contemporary poetry translations.  Her work small white monkeys, a text on self-expression, self-help and shame, was published by Book Works in 2017 as part of a commissioned residency at Glasgow Women’s Library.

Collins’ 2018 Faber collection Who Is Mary Sue? exposes the presumptive politics behind writing and readership: the notion that men invent while women reflect; that a man writes of the world outside, while a woman will turn to the interior. It is a work of captivation and correction that will resonate with anyone concerned with identity, shame, gender, trauma, composition and culture: everyone, in other words, who wishes to live openly and think fearlessly in the modern world.