In a bid to put the myth of a page/stage poetry divide in the bin, Degna Stone has taken over the reins at The Rialto from founding Editor Michael Mackmin for the next issue. If you’re as much in thrall to the performance of poetry as the reading of it come along to the launch of Rialto 96 and see if she’s managed it.

Degna says: “Over the years I’ve been aware that the pervasive belief in a page/stage divide in the poetry world hasn’t quite gone away. The belief that on each side of the divide, poetry is somehow different or that one side is ‘better’ than the other. Ultimately, we don’t need to root ourselves on one side of the line or the other. It’s not a war, it’s poetry.”

The launch of Degna’s issue with readings from contributing poets is on 10 June at 7pm and is hosted on Zoom by New Writing North.

Readers include: Amy Acre, Roy McFarlane, Caleb Parkin, Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa and Michael Pedersen.

Tickets £3 + booking fee, book here. All proceeds from tickets sales for this event will directly support the ongoing work of New Writing North.

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