FREE poetry collection launch: Elizabeth-Jane Burnett’s Of Sea

  • Online
  • May 12
  • 18:30 - 19:30
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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 a poet and academic with a focus on innovative poetics. She holds a BA in English from Oxford, an MA and PhD in Contemporary Poetics from Royal Holloway, University of London, and studied performance at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York and Naropa. Her work has been anthologised in Dear World and Everyone In It: New Poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe, 2013) and Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America and the UK (Reality Street, 2015). Her debut poetry collection Swimswas published to great acclaim by Penned in the Margins in 2017 and her next collection Of Seais coming in May 2021. Her nonfiction exploration of memory and natural history, The Grassling, was published in 2019 by Allen Lane. She curates ecopoetics exhibitions and is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Newman University in Birmingham.


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.