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Fail Like Fire
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Penny Goring, Fail Like Fire, 2011. Courtesy of the Artist and Arcadia Missa, London 

ICA exhibiting artist Penny Goring invites poets and artists to read alongside her in this evening of spoken word. Readers include Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Rene Matić and Emily Pope.

This celebrates the publication of Fail Like Fire (Arcadia Missa, 2022), a new collection of twenty poems, written over the past however many years, from Penny Goring's intensely personal poetry archive. Fail Like Fire is published to coincide with Penny World, an exhibition spanning 30 years of work by Penny Goring.

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Victoria Adukwei Bulley is a poet, writer and artist. In 2017 she directed MOTHER TONGUES, an intergenerational poetry translation and film project exploring the indigenous language heritages of black poets. She is currently a Techne-funded doctoral student at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her debut poetry collection is Quiet (Faber, 2022).

Penny Goring lives and works in London. She graduated from Kingston School of Art in 1994 and has exhibited at Tate St Ives; the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; South London Gallery and Arcadia Missa, London. Goring has published many poems and books online and performed her poetry at the ICA in 2015.

Rene Matić is an artist, writer and poet based in London. Their work brings together themes of post-blackness, glitch feminism and subcultural theory in a meeting place they describe as rude(ness) – to interrupt and exist in/between. They have exhibited at Sadie Coles, Somerset house and South London Gallery and has work in several prominent collections including Tate, Fondation Louis Vuitton and the UK Government Art Collection.

Emily Pope is an artist working in film, radio, writing and printmaking. Her work explores experimental broadcast media with a focus on humour, feminism, political rhetoric and class politics. She has exhibited and performed at Tate Britain, London; VO Curations, London; The Box Museum, Plymouth; SUNDY, London, among others. Emily is the founder of queer comedy night You Can’t Blame a Girl for Trying and co-produced Resonance.FM radio show Got 2 B Radio from 2015 – 19.
£10 Full, £7.50 Concessions, £5 Green/Blue Members

This event is seated on hard chairs. The event will last around 90 minutes and audience members are free to come and go from the Theatre.

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