An image of poet Simon Maddrell
© Simon Maddrell

The latest work of celebrated poet and writer Simon Maddrell is set to be unveiled in a virtual launch event hosted by GenSex and artdoesnotgetyouajob in partnership with Edge Hill University. 

Maddrell’s debut poetry chapbook, Throatbone, will be launched internationally to an online audience of artists, authors, academics and activists on Wednesday 23rd September at 7.30pm.  

Born on the Isle of Man and raised in Bolton, Lancashire, Simon’s work is driven by his experience as a queer Manx man living with HIV. Throatbone explores identity through an exploration of past and present Manx folklore, history and nature. 

Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards, Chair of GenSex and leader of artdoesnotgetyouajob, said: “It’s an amazing thing to see this collection being voiced here for the first time. Maddrell’s work is a vital one in 21st century negotiations of sexuality, language and artistic identity.” 

Throatbone © Simon Maddrell

GenSex and artdoesnotgetyouajob have partnered with Culture Vannin: the Manx Culture company, with University College Isle of Man (UCM), and Manx Litfest to launch this latest collection. 

The event will include a reaction to the collection from Culture Vannin’s folkloric expert, James Franklin, readings from Throatbone, and will culminate in a Q&A with the poet himself hosted by Dr Catriona Mackie from UCM.   

Those interested in joining the free event are welcome to register online.  

Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards first established GenSex in 2007 to encourage interdisciplinary debate and knowledge exchange on themes such as masculinities, feminisms, gender theories, LGBTQ and queer studies.  

She later launched artdoesnotgetyouajob, an arts resilience and employability think tank at the Poetry Society, in Covent Garden, during her British Academy award-winning conference on the first queer female Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.  

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