Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

ignitionpress launch: Isabelle Baafi, Daniel Fraser, Kostya Tsolakis

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ignitionpress launch, November 2020

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Online (streamed to YouTube)


The launch

Join Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre's ignitionpress on Friday 6 November to help launch three thrilling new pamphlets!

This event will be streamed live to the Poetry Centre's YouTube channel. If you register, you'll receive a link to the launch one day before the event. The launch will feature readings by Isabelle, Daniel and Kostya, as well as brief introductions to their work by their editors.

The poets and pamphlets

The pamphlets will be on sale from the first week of November. To buy them, visit the Oxford Brookes website here. Each pamphlet is £5 and you can buy three for £12.

Isabelle Baafi's pamphlet Ripe explores the ways in which hunger takes many forms, as the risks and rewards of its satisfaction are weighed and cravings for intimacy are charged with danger. A daring exploration of identity and survival, Ripe interrogates 'a myriad of complex subjects [...] immersing readers in a world fortified with wit, curiosity, and unapologetic beauty' (Anthony Anaxagorou).

Daniel Fraser's Lung Iron is a highly accomplished debut that takes small observations, encounters and moments of awkwardness, intensifying and expanding them in order to explore the place of the word and our place as human beings in the economies of nature and history. As Martha Sprackland writes, these poems 'move with the seasons, observing change, renewal and ‘silverish decline’ with a keen eye and an adeptly musical line.'

Young, Greek and gay: Kostya Tsolakis's Ephebos maps a fragile coming of age, exploring the shame, courage and yearning of emergent sexuality. From a sun-drenched Athenian adolescence to adulthood in England, this exquisitely wrought pamphlet confronts an abiding sense of ‘falling short’ – of being Greek, conforming to ideas of masculinity, being a good son, of communicating fully with loved ones and strangers. These are '[f]rank and tender poems, sculpted from the twinned innocence and experience of queer youth' (Andrew McMillan).