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Poetry – Form, Theme and Home

Jenny Wong (left) and Stephen Walsh (right)Poetry Salon

Poetry – Form, Theme and Home

An evening of poetry and discussion with Jenny Wong and Stephen Walsh, with Philly Malicka

Thursday, 16 June 2022, 6.30-9pm
1901 Arts Club, London

Our first event of 2022 will be a Univ Salon at the 1901 Arts Club, close to South Bank, London, on the evening of Thursday, 16 June at 6.30pm focusing on poetry.

Each Salon explores an aspect of creativity and creative practice in-depth and in an intimate setting. On this occasion, we are delighted to welcome Univ Old Members and poets, Jenny Wong and Stephen Walsh; short biographies for whom are included below.

Jenny and Stephen will read from their recent work and will be in conversation with Philly Malicka. Jenny and Stephen will also facilitate some optional poetry and creative writing activities.

Salon events encourage the exchange of ideas between Old Members, so refreshments and convivial conversation are also vital parts of the evening.

Given the intimate and small-scale nature of this event, ticket availability is limited. If you wish to attend, please register via Eventbrite. Tickets cost £35 or £25 for members of Young Univ (alumni aged 35 or under).

1901 Arts Club is centrally located at 7 Exton Street, Waterloo, London SE1 8UE, just a few minutes’ walk from Waterloo mainline station.

Future events
Two further Univ in the Arts events are already being planned for the next twelve months. The first features Shamil Thakrar (1990, PPE), co-founder of the extraordinarily successful Dishoom restaurants, and the second is a joint event with Young Univ investigating authorship.

We very much hope to welcome you to one or more of these events.


Jenny Wong
Jenny Wong (1998, English) was born in Hong Kong and now lives in England. She is a poet, reviewer and translator. Her poems have been widely published and richly praised and her 2020 collection, Letters Home回家, was named a Wild Card choice by Poetry Book Society.

Jenny has an MA in creative writing from University of East Anglia and a PhD in creative writing from Oxford Brookes University focusing on contemporary Anglophone Chinese diaspora poetry. She teaches creative writing and is a visiting fellow at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) for 2022-23.

Stephen Walsh
Stephen Walsh (1979, English) was born and brought up in Scotland but never managed to make it home again after university. He has worked as a teacher at Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, for many years.

His publications include two travelogue-memoirs, Heartache Spoken Here and Faithful Departures. More recent work includes two slim volumes of poetry, An Electorate of Turkeys and Walking in the Ruins, a book of translations of N.S. Sigogo, along with his ’78 Villanelles and ’86 Rubaiyats.

Philly Malicka
Philly Malicka (2007, English) left Univ in 2010 moving first to Rome, then building a career in publishing in New Delhi whilst contributing columns and literary reviews to the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Times.

Philly has an MA in Prose Fiction from the University of East Anglia and is currently working on her first novel, which was long-listed for the Bridport Prize.

Please note that audio, photographs and video footage may be taken throughout our events. These may be used by the College for marketing and publicity in our publications, on our website and in social media or in any third party publication. Please contact the event organiser if you have any concerns or if you wish to be exempted from this activity.

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