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Lodestone Poets 7

Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Mark Pajak, and Gita Ralleigh with Sarala Estruch, Lesley Sharpe and Dave Wakely

Wednesday 14 December, 7.30pm
Online: £ Pay What You Can

(Donations to Lit Fest welcome)

The Lodestone Poets events were founded in 2017 by Sarala Estruch, Lesley Sharpe and Dave Wakely  to create a space for established and emerging writers to come together and perform. After five live events with a glittering array of established and emerging poets, circumstances intervened. Having reunited for Lit Fest in March, the Lodestone Poets now return, bringing you three fresh poetic voices whose work is gathering praise, prizes and critical acclaim. The event also includes short readings by the Lodestone Poets founders.


Victoria Adukwei Bulley is a poet, writer and artist. An alumna of the Barbican Young Poets, she is the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award, and has held residencies in the US, Brazil, and the V&A Museum in London. Her debut poetry collection, Quiet [Faber 2022], circles around ideas of black interiority, intimacy and selfhood, playing at the the tensions between the impulse to guard one’s ‘inner life’ and the knowledge that, as Audre Lorde writes, ‘your silence will not protect you’.


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Mark Pajak has written for The BBCThe Guardian, The London Review of BooksPoetry LondonThe NorthThe Rialto and Magma. His work has been three times included in the National Poetry Competition’s winners list, awarded first place in The Bridport Prize and has also received a Northern Writers’ Award, an Eric Gregory Award and an UNESCO international writing residency.  His first full collection, Slide, is published with Cape. 

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Gita Ralleigh is a writer, poet and doctor born to Indian immigrant parents in London. Her poetry has been published by Magma, The Rialto and Poetry Birmingham among others. Her debut pamphlet A Terrible Thing was published by Bad Betty Press in 2020 and her second, Siren, by Broken Sleep Books in August 2022. She holds an MA in Creative Writing, an MSc in Medical Humanities and teaches creative writing to undergraduates at Imperial College. She is a London Library Emerging Writer for 2022-2023, a member of the Kinara poetry collective and a trustee at Spread The Word.

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Sarala Estruch is a British poet and writer of mixed European and Indian heritage. A winner of the Poetry School/Nine Arches Press Primers Competition, and a member of the Ledbury Critics collective, her debut pamphlet, Say, was published by flipped eye in 2021. Her first full collection, After All We Have Travelled, will be published by Nine Arches Press in January 2023.

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Lesley Sharpe teaches literature and creative writing, and edits Heron journal for the Katherine Mansfield Society. Her poems, reviews and essays have been published in several journals and anthologies, most recently in Finished Creatures and The Alchemy Spoon, as well as short- and long-listed for prizes including The London Magazine, Aesthetica, Cinnamon Debut Collection, Primers 2 and Bridport.


Dave Wakely has worked as a musician, university administrator, poetry librarian, and editor in locations as disparate as Bucharest, Notting Hill and Milton Keynes. Shortlisted for the Manchester Fiction and Bath Short Story awards, his writing has appeared many literary magazines and anthologies.

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