The Ink Cloud Reader by Kit Fan: Carcanet Online Book Launch

  • DATE

    19 April 2023

  • TIME

    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm


    £2 (redeemable against the cost of the book)

Please join us to celebrate the launch of The Ink Cloud Reader by Kit Fan. Hosting the reading will be poet and critic Caitríona O’Reilly. The event will feature readings and discussion, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions.

Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. All attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after event.

In his disquieting third collection The Ink Cloud Reader, Kit Fan takes enormous risks linguistically, formally and visually to process the news of a sudden illness and the threat of mortality, set against the larger chaos of his beloved city Hong Kong and our broken planet. These shape-shifting poems are persistently sensitive to anxiety, and to beauty, questioning the turbulent climate of our time while celebrating the power of ink – of reading and writing.

About the speakers:

Kit Fan is a poet, novelist and critic born and educated in Hong Kong before moving to the UK at 21. His first poetry collection, Paper Scissors Stone (2011), won the Hong Kong University International Poetry Prize. As Slow as Possible (2018) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and one of the Irish Times Books of the Year. He was shortlisted twice for the Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize. He won the Northern Writers Awards for Fiction and for Poetry, the Times Stephen Spender Poetry Translation Prize, and Poetry Magazine Editors’ Prize for Reviewing. His debut novel is Diamond Hill (2021). The Ink Cloud Reader is his third poetry collection. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Caitríona O’Reilly has published three collections of poetry: The Nowhere Birds(2001), The Sea Cabinet (2006), and Geis (2015). Her poetry has been widely translated. She is also a literary critic and a former editor of Poetry Ireland Review. She lives in Lincoln.