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Re: Poet in the City - Lost and Found - 3rd November

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Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 09:17:35 +0100
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Subject: Poet in the City - Lost and Found - 3rd November

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Taking place from 6.30pm
on Thursday 3rd November
at the V&A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green
London E2 9PA

The event itself will start promptly at 7pm

Poet in the City is delighted to invite you to an event marking National Adoption Week and featuring two celebrated authors who have written compellingly about their own experiences of adoption. The experience of adoption is difficult for all sides of the adoption triangle but willing parents are still needed for the very many 'children who wait' in Britain today. If you are an adopted person, an adoptive parent, or simply interested in children or in poetry then do not miss this moving, funny and thought provoking evening.

Jeanette Winterson is the author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985), The Passion (1987) and many other novels including two books for children, Tanglewreck (2007) and The Battle of the Sun (2009). She will be reading from her new memoir about her childhood and the effects of adoption in a creative life. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is published by Jonathan Cape on 27 October 2011.

Jackie Kay's first book of poetry The Adoption Papers (1991) is an emotional account of her early life. More recently, she is the author of Red Dust Road (2010) – the story of finding her birth father and mother – and Fiere (2011 - both Picador), a book of poems coming out of that experience.

The event will be chaired by Margaret Reynolds, Professor of English at Queen Mary, University of London, presenter of BBC Radio 4 'Adventures in Poetry', and the author of The Sappho History (2003). She is also an adoptive mother.

Poet in the city

Poet in the City is a registered charity committed to attracting new audiences to poetry, making new connections for poetry, and raising money to support poetry education, in particular the placing of poets in schools. Charity Commission number 1117354, Company limited by guarantee registered number 05819413.

The Lost and Found event is being held in partnership with the V&A Museum of Childhood and Queen Mary, University of London. It is part of National Adoption Week 2011, and is supported by Jonathan Cape and Picador. It has been programmed and managed and presented by Margaret Reynolds, Professor of English at Queen Mary, University of London. The costs of the mail out were kindly supported by Bates, Wells & Braithwaite LLP.

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How to find

Tube: Bethnal Green, Central Line, Zone 2.
Overground: Whitechapel and Shoreditch High Street.
Rail: Cambridge Heath and Bethnal Green.
Buses: D6, 106, 254, 309 and 388 stop outside, 8, 26, 55 and 48 stop nearby.

booking places at the event

If you would like to purchase tickets for this exciting event on Thursday 3 November 2011, please contact the box office at the V&A Museum of Childhood:

Call 020 8983 5205
Tickets: £10 per person

Lines open Monday – Friday 9am-4pm. Payment taken by credit or debit card at time of booking. Tickets to be posted out. Refunds available up to 24 hours before the event.

For more information visit
or contact the switchboard on 0208 983 5200.

Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start time. Paid bar will be located in the Front Room Gallery.

A book signing will take place for ticket holders after the readings. All bookings will be confirmed by letter or email. This event is likely to be very popular indeed so please be sure to book your tickets now to avoid disappointment!

Please note – some of the material in this event may be unsuitable for young children.

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Graham Henderson
Chief Executive
Poet in the City
07908 367488
Margaret Reynolds
Event Manager
Poet in the City
07703 312502

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