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Iona Lee presents … Anamnesis

Thu 28 Sep 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm



Dissection Room
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh,EH9 1PLUnited Kingdom
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0131 560 1580
Age Group: +16
Duration: 2h

Anamnesis (noun) – a recalling to mind, reminiscence, recollection, especially of a supposed previous existence.

Iona Lee’s debut collection, Anamnesis, charts the journey of the writer, artist and performer into adulthood. Iona will celebrate her humorous, self-aware and philosophical collection alongside special guests Salena Godden, Hannah Lavery, Nikki Kent, Leyla Josephine, Hailey Beavis and Colin Bramwell in an evening of poetry, spoken word and music.

Written in a unique voice, Iona playfully toys with thematic devices in this entertaining exploration of art and artifice, absence and impermanence, truth and tale telling. Characterised by a deep love of language, its music and its magic, these poems reflect on memory, the future and other hauntings. Wittily observed, this collection is an attempt to connect the stars into tidy constellations, and to join the tiny, inchoate dots of self into something traceable and translatable. Anamnesis is written in the knowledge that in telling one’s life-story, one creates it.

"‘Dazzling. Witty. Playful. Wild. Ingenious. It’s easy to run out of adjectives when you’re describing Iona Lee’s astonishing first collection. ‘Is all fire the same fire?’ she asks. Definitely not. These are poems of such energy and brilliance they will continue to burn in the memory long after the book is closed’"John Glenday
"‘Iona Lee is an exceptional poet; her work is articulate and perceptive and brimming with tenderness and authenticity. Anamnesis is compelling and beautiful, it is an exquisite poetry collection’ "Salena Godden
"‘The standout voice of her generation, Lee performs open-heart surgery on the English language’ "Darren McGarvey
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