Radical Normalisation by Celia A Sorhaindo: Carcanet Book Launch

  • DATE

    28 September 2022

  • TIME

    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

  • AGES

    All ages welcome


    £2 (redeemable against the cost of the book)

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Radical Normalisation, the debut collection by Celia A Sorhaindo. Hosting the reading will be poet John Robert Lee. The event will feature readings and discussion, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. We will show the text during readings so that you can read along.

Celia Sorhaindo’s engrossing debut, Radical Normalisation, writes back from the margins, bringing readers to her Dominican home. It adjusts perspectives on the universal questions about poetry as a resource and value in the present. Sorhaindo’s wit and linguistic inventiveness are clear in her reflections on the art and the arts, her dramatization of the Dominica-born novelist Jean Rhys’s voice, and her reflections on the natural world – a natural world different from others but continuous with them. She records its changes and reckons with it in a series of poems that respond to the destruction visited on Dominica, most recently by Hurricane Maria. Her writing led John Robert Lee to hail, ‘a new voice that speaks with sensitivity, maturity and assurance out of a horrendous experience’.

Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. Residents of Caribbean countries are invited to join the event for free: please email jazmine@carcanet.co.uk expressing your interest in attending the event, including your full name and the email address to receive your ticket. All attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after event.