Troubling Care: Nat Raha, Bhanu Kapil and Raymond Antrobus – 1 July 2021


Online, Thursday 1 July 2021, 7-8.30pm

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Featuring three of the most exciting writers working in the UK – Nat Raha, Bhanu Kapil and Raymond Antrobus – this event explored the possibilities for a poetics of care. Troubling the concept of care in the context of intersecting histories of disability, gender, sexuality and race, these poets discuss and perform the political, ethical and aesthetic imperative of taking care with writing.

This event is part of the 2021 Critical Poetics Summer School, organised by the Critical Poetics Research Group at Nottingham Trent University in partnership with Nottingham Contemporary and Curated & Created at NTU.

To find out more about the Critical Poetics Summer School click here. 


Photo credit: Paul McLean

Raymond Antrobus was born in London to an English mother and Jamaican father. He is author of The Perseverance, To Sweeten Bitter and the children’s picture book Can Bears Ski? illustrated by Polly Dunbar. In 2019 he was a recipient of the Ted Hughes Award and won the Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award, and became the first poet to be awarded the Rathbone Folio Prize. His next poetry collection All The Names Given is published in September by Picador (UK) and Tin House (US).


Bhanu Kapil is the author of six full-length collections, most recently How To Wash A Heart (Pavilion Poetry), and Incubation: a space for monsters (Kelsey Street Press), forthcoming in a new edition with essays on performance and shame, and a preface by Eunsong Kim.



Photo credit: Sarah Golightley

Nat Raha is a poet and activist-scholar, based in Edinburgh. She is the author of three collections and numerous pamphlets of poetry, including of sirens, body & faultlines (Boiler House Press, 2018), countersonnets (Contraband Books, 2013), Octet (Veer Books, 2010) and ‘four dreams’ (Earthbound Poetry Series, 2020). Her creative and critical writing has appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, Third Text, Poetry Review, MAP Magazine, The New Feminist Literary Studies (CUP, 2020), and in the 2020 anthologies ON CARE (MA Bibliothèque), The Weird Folds: Anthropocene in the Everyday (Dostoyevsky Wannabe), and We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics (Nightboat Books). Her writing has been translated into French, Galician, German, Greek, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Slovenian. Nat co-edits Radical Transfeminism Zine.