20th May 2024 - 7:30 pm
The Kings Arms

Verbose are excited to present a very special collaboration with Bad Betty Press. Bad Betty Press is an award-winning independent poetry publisher, and curator of live literature events taking place across the UK. London-born, Nottingham-based, Bad Betty was set up in 2017 with the aim of showcasing risk-taking poetry, supporting poets’ artistic development and celebrating stories less often told.
Bad Betty is a British Book Awards Small Press of the Year Finalist (2024, 2023), a Michael Marks Publishers’ Award winner (2022), and the parent of pamphlet imprint, Little Betty.
The featured poets are:
Alex Mazey
Alex Mazey won The Roy Fisher Prize from Keele University in 2018 and was the recipient of a Creative Future Writers’ Award the following year. He is a contributing researcher for the international academic journal, Baudrillard Now and author of both Living in Disneyland and Sad Boy Aesthetics. Ghost Lives: Cursed Edition is his debut poetry collection.

Samantha Fain
Samantha (Sam) Fain is a poet from Indiana. Her chapbook Coughing Up Planets debuted with VA Press in March of 2021. Her microchapbook, sad horse music,debuted with The Daily Drunk in May of 2021. Catalina Ponce of Cicada Editora translated this work, and Música de Caballo Triste was published in 2023. Sam is the co-
editor of Kiss Your Darlings: A Taylor Swift Anthology, out with Olney Magazine in 2022. Are You There is her debut full-length collection. Find her at

‘Naylor writes with a poet’s ear for rhythm and delivers with a stand-up’s comic timing’ – Irish Times. ‘Brave, funny, tough and beautiful writing’ – The Guardian
Jasmine Cooray
Jasmine Cooray is a poet, psychotherapist and arts facilitator. She has been a Women of the World Festival speaker, BBC Performing Arts Fellow and Writer-in- Residence at the National University of Singapore, and has delivered creative writing projects for the Barbican, the Southbank Centre, First Story, the Arvon Foundation and the National Literacy Trust. Her pamphlet Everything We Don’t Say was published by Tall Lighthouse in 2009. Inheritance is her first full collection of poetry.

Olivia Douglass
Olivia Douglass is a British-Nigerian writer and poet. A Barbican Young Poets Alumni, they self-published the pamphlet Slow Tongue in 2018. Olivia was shortlisted for the
Rebecca Swift Foundation Women Poets’ Prize 2020, and was the winner of the The Guardian and 4th Estate 4th Write Prize 2022 with their short story ‘Ink’. Olivia has an MSt in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford, and writes across multiple genres.

Julia Webb
Julia Webb is a neurodivergent writer/poetry mentor from a working class background. Julia grew up in Thetford, a London overspill town in rural Norfolk. She has had two poems highly commended in the Forward Prize (2016, 2022). She has three poetry collections with Nine Arches Press: ‘Bird Sisters’ (2016), ‘Threat’ (2019) and ‘The Telling (2022). She is currently working on a fourth collection. She is steering editor for Lighthouse – a journal for new writers. She lives in Norwich.

Kayo Chingonyi
Kayo Chingonyi FRSL was born in Zambia in 1987, and moved to the UK at the age of six. He is a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry and of The Civitella Ranieri Foundation. In 2012, he was awarded a Geoffrey Dearmer Prize by The Poetry Society and was Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in 2015. His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, won the Dylan Thomas Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award. Kayo was a Burgess Fellow at the Centre for New Writing, University of Manchester before his time at University as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing. He is a writer and presenter for the music and culture podcast Decode on Spotify, poetry editor at Bloomsbury, and his most recent collection A Blood Condition was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the T.S. Eliot Prize, and the Costa Poetry Award. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2022.
Princess Arinola Adegbite, professionally known as P.A.BITEZ is a multi-award-winning British Jamaican-born Nigerian poet, performance artist, musician and filmmaker who combines social activism with surreal Afrofuturistic sensibilities. She is one of the Inaugural Poets of Colour Incubator poets (2023-2024), a member of Young Identity and The Writing Squad. She’s recieved numerous awards, including Manchester Young Creative of the Year 2021 (Culture Awards), United Nations Substainability Award 2022, A Castlefield Associates Prize 2022 and a Society of Authors Eric Gregory Award 2023. BITEZ is also a Parable Momentum Filmmaker recipient 2023-2024. BITEZ protests discrimination to highlight the marginalised, alienated and imitated in all her works. Her poetry has been commissioned by BBC, Selfridges, Chanel and University of Cambridge. Her debut EP ‘Vintage Destiny’ garnered support from Factory International, Turtle Bay, Manchester Jazz Festival and Youth Music. Eat My Heart is her sophomore EP supported by MOBO Help Musicians.


The Kings Arms 11 Bloom St
Salford M3 6AN
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