Ignitionpress Poets Reading

St Andrews welcomes three fresh and exceptionally talented international poets, Lily Blacksell, Mary Jean Chan, and Patrick James Errington, as they read from their debut pamphlets, There's No Such Thing, A Hurry of English, and Glean. These pamphlets also represent the launch of Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre's new press, ignitionpress,

The event will consist of a reading by all three poets followed by a short Q&A chaired by ignitionpress Managing Editor, Les Robinson, who has been an instrumental figure in the launching the careers of many leading UK poets, including Helen Mort, Emily Berry, Sarah Howe, Adam O’Riordan, and Liz Berry.


Lily Blacksell grew up in London and the Isle of Wight. She studied at the University of Birmingham before undertaking an MFA in poetry at Columbia University where she was also a Teaching Fellow. Lily has performed in venues around the US and the UK and was nominated in 2017 for the Best New Poets (United States and Canada) and The Pushcart Prize. She has written for the Boston Review, Sabotage and Prac Crit.

Mary Jean Chan is a poet, editor and academic from Hong Kong. Her work has been widely published in journals and magazines including Ambit, PN Review, The Poetry Review and The Rialto. Her poem ‘//’ was shortlisted for the
2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. She is currently a Research Associate at the Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre, and is a co-editor of Oxford Poetry.

Poems by Patrick James Errington appear in magazines and anthologies such as Best New Poets, The Cincinnati Review, Boston Review, The Iowa Review, and Oxford Poetry, and have won or been commended for numerous prizes including The London Magazine, the Wigtown, the Flambard, and The National Poetry Competititions. His French translation of PJ Harvey’s poetry collection, The Hollow of the Hand (Éditions l’Âge d’Homme), was released in 2017. 
Patrick currently lives in Scotland.


11 April 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm


Kennedy Hall (Garden Room), The Scores, University of St Andrews English, KY16 9AL



How to book

No booking necessary.

Contact for further details

Contact Patrick Errington for further details.

Category: live readings