Wednesday 12 May 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us as we celebrate the launch of poet and academic Elizabeth-Jane Burnett’s next collection, Of Sea, published by Penned in the Margins.


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Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is an author, academic and founder of Grow Your Own Creativity. A writer of English and Kenyan heritage, she was born in Devon and her work is inspired by the landscape in which she was raised. Her poetry has been highly commended in the Forward Prize and Swims was longlisted for the Laurel Prize and a Sunday Times Poetry Book of the Year. She was selected for the 2020 British Council/National Centre for Writing International Literature Showcase and leads the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust project, Creative Writing and Climate Change: Moss, Wetlands and Women (2018-20).


Penned in the Margins creates publications and performances for people who are not afraid to take risks. From small beginnings as a reading series in a converted railway arch in south London, Penned in the Margins has grown over the last decade into a respected, award-winning literary arts company producing new work live, in print and online. Their books have been shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Award, TS Eliot Prize, Costa Poetry Award, Gordon Burn Prize and the International Dylan Thomas Prize; in 2017 they were shortlisted for the inaugural Clarissa Luard Award for Independent Publishers.

About Of Sea:

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett follows up her acclaimed first collection, Swims, with a remarkable new book in praise of marine fauna.

Of Sea takes the form of a poetic bestiary of creatures living beneath, beside and above the water: in wetlands, salt marshes and the intertidal zone. In a sequence of 46 poems, Burnett captures the world of cockles and clams, rare moths and the humble earwig (to name a few) with a precise and dynamic lyric that seems always on the verge of music.