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Leytonstone poets to read at launch for ‘haunting’ poetry book on climate change

Meryl Pugh, Michael McKimm, and Jo Morris Dixon will read at the launch of JP Seabright’s experimental eco-poetry pamphlet at Stone Mini Market on 20th January

Credit: Transition Leytonstone/Library for Change

Local literary figures are set to coalesce for a free night of poetry readings at a Leytonstone author’s book launch on 20th January.

JP Seabright will launch their eco-poetry pamphlet Fragments From Before the Fall, at the Stone Mini Market at 721 High Road Leytonstone at 7pm alongside poets Meryl Pugh, Michael McKimm and Jo Morris Dixon.

JP, who explores themes of gender, sexuality, trauma, and the climate crisis in her work, told the Echo that the pamphlet explores the climate crisis through “a speculative lens, imagining an imminent global environmental catastrophe and a future ‘Activist Archivist’ trying to piece together fragments of contemporary poetry to help them understand what happened.” JP says it is their “attempt to explore eco-poetry from a different perspective”.

Since 2019, JP Seabright has had four solo pamphlets published, with a further three solo publications and two collaborative projects coming out in the next 18 months. Seabright, who has been a Leytonstone resident for 15 years, is currently writing their debut novel.

They said: “I decided to hold the launch in partnership with Transition Leytonstone and Stone Mini Market to support what they’re doing for the local community, and in particular their Library for Change project. I’m particularly thrilled that the brilliant local poets Meryl Pugh, Michael McKimm and Jo Morris Dixon will be joining me in reading their work on the night also.”

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The book and poetry readings will be followed by an open mic event. There are six places available for this, on a first come, first served basis. Interested parties are asked to put their name down when they arrive.

Register your place at the event for free here, read more of JP Seabright’s work here

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