Poetry & Society

From September 28 @ 1:00 pm

  • Laura Jane Lee
  • Natalie Linh Bolderston
  • Cheng Tim Tim

Moderated by Sarah Howe

Can one write poetry without thinking or caring about society? How does reality find its way to the poet’s page? What is a poet’s responsibility- to whom or what do they pledge their allegiances, as they experience and reflect the world?

Natalie Linh Bolderston is a Vietnamese-Chinese-British poet. In 2020, she received an Eric Gregory Award and co-won the Rebecca Swift Women Poets’ Prize. In 2021, she was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Her pamphlet, The Protection of Ghosts, is published with V. Press. She is now working on her first full-length collection.

Laura Jane Lee is a poet and copywriter from Hong Kong, currently based in Singapore. Under her former name, she founded KongPoWriMo and Subtle Asian Poetry Collective, and is the winner of the Sir Roger Newdigate Prize. Her work has been awarded in various international competitions such as the Proverse Poetry Prize, Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition, Acumen, Out-Spoken Poetry Prize and Poetry London Mentorship Scheme. She has also been published in journals and newspapers locally and internationally, such as Cherwell, ORB, Cha, HKFP, HK01 and The Mekong Review. She was formerly a Writer-In-Residence at BooksActually. Her pamphlets include “chengyu: chinoiserie” (Hedgehog Poetry Press, 2020) published under her former name, and the forthcoming “flinch & air” (Out-Spoken Press, 2021).

Cheng Tim Tim is a poet, teacher and music enthusiast from Hong Kong, currently reading the MSc in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. Her poems have found homes in Berfrois, diode, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, among others. She was nominated Best Small Fiction by SAND Journal in 2020. She is one of the co-founding editors of EDGE: HKBU Creative Journal. She is working on chapbooks which explore Hong Kong’s natural, urban and emotional landscapes, as well as desire and rituals through the lens of tattooing. She loves artworks that heal and provoke.

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