Join us ‘in conversation’ with Helena Lee, the acting deputy editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Romalyn Ante, local poet and author, to discuss the upcoming publication of East Side Voices. A bold, first-of-its kind collection, East Side Voices invites us to explore a dazzling spectrum of experiences from the East and Southeast Asian diaspora living in Britain today. The book showcases original essays and poetry from celebrities, prize-winning literary stars and exciting new writers. East Side Voices takes us many places: from the frontlines of the NHS in the midst of the Covid pandemic, to the set of a Harry Potter film; from a bustling London restaurant to a spirit festival in Myanmar. In this event, Romalyn and Helena will discuss their personal experiences and how they have championed the voice of East and Southeast Asian voices within the public sphere.

Speaker Bios

Helena Lee is the acting deputy editor of Harper’s Bazaar. She is responsible for the publication's art and culture content, often collaborating and commissioning award-winning writers and artists. She co-edits the annual magazine Bazaar Art, celebrating women in the art world, and launched Bazaar Art Week in 2018, which was shortlisted for the BSME Best Innovation Award. She is a founding member of the Ginsburg Health Board, and a Women in Journalism mentor. In February 2020, she founded the platform East Side Voices to raise the visibility of talent of East and Southeast Asian heritage. She is also a leader in the #StopESEAHate campaign, Instagram: @eastsidevoices @hels_lee Twitter: @LondonHelena

Romalyn Ante is a Filipino-British, Wolverhampton-based poet, translator, editor, and essayist. She is co-founding editor of Harana poetry, a magazine for poets who write in English as a second or parallel language, and founder of Tsaá with Roma, an online interview series with poets and other creatives. Her debut collection, Antiemetic for Homesickness (Chatto Poetry), is shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Her honours include the Poetry London Prize, Manchester Poetry Prize, Society of Author's Foundation Award, Developing Your Creative Practice, Creative Future Literary Award and Artist International Development award, amongst others. She was recently awarded the Jerwood Compton Fellowship '21-'22.

Performer: Helena Lee & Romalyn Ante

Date: 5 February

Time: 12:00

Venue: Arena Theatre

Price: £7

Ages: Suitable all ages

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