Arts & Culture

Her Lost Language: The Power of Voice

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm | 24 October 2019
Bell House | £5

An evening of inspiring poetry and conversation about British-BAME history.

Jenny Mitchell’s prize-winning debut collection is an exploration of the impact of British transatlantic enslavement on black lives and family dynamics. It combines grounded realism with imaginative empathy on a journey from the Caribbean to Britain. At the heart of the collection is the belief in the power of stories to ‘liberate’ the voice in order to help heal a collective future.

She is joint winner of the Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize and was a prize-winner in the Ware Open and Segora competitions. Her work has been broadcast on BBC2, Radio 4 and published in several magazines.


Something very rare, a genuine dramatic consciousness and an instinct for the poetic moment.” – Mario Petrucci

In this powerful and deeply moving debut collection, Jenny gives voice to the enslaved, bringing to life a cast of ‘silenced women’, their suffering and fortitude. Her tactile, cinematic poems leap into life, and their rich language lifts at times into magic realist flights of imagination. This collection vibrates with heart.” -Maggie Butt

It’s been such a pleasure to see Jenny reciting many of the poems in this collection over the years and so exciting to see them together in this wonderfully ambitious collection – a unique insight into a family history that invites you to re-imagine your own. I love this book and so will you!” Paul McGrane.

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