Apples and Snakes @ Uniqlo Tate Lates: Shirley May

Join poet and educator Shirley May as she reads from her poetry collection, She Wrote Her Own Eulogy.

Exploring her family’s Jamaican heritage and the Black-British experience with deep emotion and lyricism, Shirley May’s She Wrote Her Own Eulogy (Wrecking Ball Press) takes the reader on a journey through the landscape of Kent and Manchester brought to vibrancy via Jamaica. 

It is a twisting road, encountering the displaced lives making new communities on strange soil, the stories kept and told and shared. It is wisdom, it is memory, and it is future and hope.

‘Blazing with emotion, challenging all the senses, this life-affirming collection demands to be read’ – Sue Roberts, BBC Producer

Shirley will read from her work, followed by audience Q&A and book signing. 

Shirley May is based in Manchester and is the director of Young Identity writing collective, which primarily works with 13-25 year olds. Her own work has been published in a number of anthologies, and she has performed in the North West, nationally and internationally, appearing at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York and the Calabash festival in Jamaica.

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