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Thu, 17 Feb



The Barman online launch

ft. Natalie Linh Bolderston, Jasmine Simms and Jenny Danes

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The Barman online launch
The Barman online launch

Time & Location

17 Feb 2022, 19:30


About the event

A night of live poetry from Helen Bowell, Natalie Linh Bolderston, Jasmine Simms and Jenny Danes, to launch Helen's sensational pamphlet, The Barman. With Q&A chaired by Bad Betty's Amy Acre.

Register for your free place, or add a copy of the book to your ticket here.

Find out more about the pamphlet and pre-order the book directly from me here.

About The Barman

‘A unique collection of poems so full of heart, humour and ache.’ Rachel Long

‘Helen Bowell’s The Barman is as funny and good as it is precise, at home in the interstices between cultures and TV channels, chips and chip grease, romance and boredom.’ Will Harris

Helen Bowell and The Barman are a relationship from which you won’t easily look away. This debut pamphlet is a sharp, witty exploration of the nuances of a sometimes reluctant codependency. At times it feels like you are the third housemate, unashamedly pressing your ear to the wall to hear conversations as intimate as they are absurd. Bowell deftly interrogates what it means to feel both othered and adored, comfortable and wary. The Barman is an introduction to a poetic voice unique in its ability to subtly express its desires, leaving enough room for the reader to find parts of themself in the world it creates.

About Bad Betty Press:

We're an independent publisher of new poetry, run by Amy Acre and Jake Wild Hall. We love writing that is bad (meaning good) and beautiful (‘a Betty’ in 90s slang). We love the strange, raw and risk-taking. We believe strongly in art’s capacity to challenge its own definition, to curve away from the norm, making space for more and varied voices. Our work is supported by Arts Council England.

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