Peter Barlow’s Cigarette & Carcanet present… at The Pen & Pencil

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Poet Jee Leong Koh
Poet Jee Leong Koh.

Peter Barlow's Cigarette & Carcanet present ~ Jay Gao & Jee Leong Koh at The Pen and Pencil, Manchester 21 August 2022 Entrance is free — Visit now

Two of our favourite Manchester institutions – Peter Barlow’s Cigarette and Carcanet Press – are teaming up to present an afternoon of alternative poetries with a summer special in the Northern Quarter welcoming two Carcanet poets Jay Gao and Jee Leong Koh, among others to be announced.

Two of our favourite Manchester institutions – Peter Barlow’s Cigarette and Carcanet Press – are teaming up to present an afternoon of alternative poetries.

Jay Gao is a poet, fiction writer and Contributing Editor at The White Review, and his writing has appeared in Granta, The Guardian, The Poetry Review and 3:AM Magazine. Originally from Edinburgh, he now lives in the States, where he earned his MFA at Brown University and is an incoming PhD student at Columbia University in New York City. His debut poetry collection Imperium is just out with Carcanet Press and he is the author of three poetry pamphlets: Wedding Beasts (2019), shortlisted for the Saltire-Calum MacDonald Award, Katabasis (2020), a winner of a New Poets Prize, and TRAVESTY58, just out. More on Jay Gao’s launch event for Imperium here.

Jee Leong Koh is the author of two Carcanet collections: Inspector Inspector, just out, and Steep Tea, named a Best Book of the Year by the Financial Times and a finalist by Lambda Literary. He has published four other books of poetry, a volume of essays, a collection of zuihitsu, and a hybrid work of fiction. Originally from Singapore, he lives in New York City, where he heads the literary non-profit Singapore Unbound and the independent press Gaudy Boy. More on Jee Leong Koh’s launch event for Inspector Inspector here.

The event will be livestreamed – book a ticket and a Zoom link will be sent out in the lead-up to the event.

Peter Barlow's Cigarette & Carcanet present ~ Jay Gao & Jee Leong Koh at The Pen and Pencil, Manchester 21 August 2022 Entrance is free Visit now

Where to go near Peter Barlow’s Cigarette & Carcanet present… at The Pen & Pencil

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El Capo

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Hilton House

Built in the late 60’s, Hilton House is a thriving contemporary office space and a beacon for local creatives.

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The Whiskey Jar

Warehouse-chic bar and events venue in Manchester’s Piccadilly, on the edge of the Northern Quarter.

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Northern Monk Refectory

Formerly known as Kosmonaut, this bar reopened on in 2018 as Leeds brewer Northern Monk’s first North-West venue. Expect real ale with a variety of cask and keg lines.

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Feel Good Club

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Ezra & Gil

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