In Conversation | Liz Berry and Mona Arshi | Granta

In Conversation

Liz Berry & Mona Arshi

‘I longed for poems to meet me in my sorrow and help me know how to live in that new world, how to survive it.’

Liz Berry

Liz Berry was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. Her first book of poems, Black Country (Chatto 2014), described as a ‘sooty, soaring hymn to her native West Midlands’ (Guardian) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014. Her pamphlet The Republic of Motherhood (Chatto, 2018) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet choice, shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award, and the title poem won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018. Liz works as a tutor for organisations including the Arvon Foundation and Writing West Midlands.

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Mona Arshi

Mona Arshi is a poet and a lawyer who lives in West London. Her debut collection Small Hands won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2015. Her second collection Dear Big Gods was published in April 2019 by Liverpool University Press.

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