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‘The magician of deadpan’ brings poetry to the Sub Rooms


SubVerse, the poetry strand at Stroud’s Sub Rooms presented by poet Adam Horovitz, returns to the venue on June 15th with a reading by Tom Sastry and Maria Stadnicka.

“I’m delighted to welcome Tom Sastry to Stroud,” says Adam, “and very grateful to him for stepping in at the last minute, after the announced reader was unavoidably called away to America for work. Tom is a funny and engaging performer – he’s been described as ‘the magician of deadpan’ by Hera Lindsay Bird, and he and Maria will make for an intriguing combination.”

Sastry will be showcasing his brand new collection You have no normal country to return to – a darkly comic exploration of national identity and the power of modern myths. His previous collection was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney First Collection Prize and his pamphlet Complicity (2016) was a Poetry School Book of the Year and a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice. According to Carol Ann Duffy, “Tom Sastry navigates the mysterious everyday… making friendships and love affairs new and strange.”

He will be joined by Stroud-based Romanian poet Maria Stadnicka, whose latest collection Buried Gods Metal Prophets was named as one of the best poetry books of 2021 by The Daily Telegraph.

SubVerse with Tom Sastry and Maria Stadnicka takes place at the Sub Rooms, in the Central Café Bar, on Wednesday, June 15th at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets, priced £11.50, are available from the Sub Rooms’ box office on 01453 796880 or from www.thesubrooms.co.uk


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