Magma Poetry Launch on Solitude

Co-hosted by editors of Magma 83 Solitude Issue Lisa Kelly and Isabelle Baafi

Date: Saturday 30th July
Time: 11:30
Venue: theatre
Price: £5.00 / £3.00

This event will include BSL interpretation

This launch celebrates issue 83 of Magma Poetry on the theme of solitude edited by Isabelle Baafi, Ilya Kaminsky, and Lisa Kelly.

Join us for the magazine launch of Magma 83, the Solitude issue, edited by Isabelle Baafi, Ilya Kaminsky, and Lisa Kelly, and produced with the support of the Foyle Foundation. The Solitude issue features work that explores the shades and experiences of solitude in all its forms – whether foetuses in the womb, lone travellers lost in the wilderness, migrants remembering those they’ve left behind, individuals navigating a breakup, or artists and vandals working in the dead of night. By navigating the rocky – and at times, lonely – terrains of grief, trauma, shame, social distancing, and the stumbling blocks of romance, the poems in this issue form a space for readers to bring their loneliness, their reticence, their touch starvation, and to partake in a mutual exchange fuelled by empathy and warmth.

Published during the ongoing pandemic, the issue challenges readers to consider the importance of community and the nature of connection. What does it mean to seek one’s own company? What revelations, transformations, and perils lie waiting in that quietude? Where does solitude end and loneliness begin? How much more can we achieve if we feel connected and empowered to work together? We will be joined by several contributors to the issue (names to be confirmed soon).

This event will include BSL interpretation


Isabelle Baafi is the Reviews Editor at Poetry London. Her debut pamphlet Ripe (ignitionpress, 2020) won a Somerset Maugham Award and was a PBS Pamphlet Choice. Her writing has been published in The Poetry Review, The London Magazine, Aesthetica Magazine, and elsewhere. She won Second Prize in the 2022 London Magazine Poetry Prize, and was awarded the 2019 Vincent Cooper Literary Prize. She is also a Ledbury Poetry Critic, an Obsidian Foundation Fellow, and an editor at Magma. She is currently studying Creative Writing at Kellogg College, Oxford, and writing her debut collection. Photo credit: Sarah Kiki Nyanzi

Lisa Kelly is half Danish and has single-sided deafness from childhood mumps. Her pamphlets are From the IKEA Back Catalogue (New Walk Editions, 2021), Philip Levine’s Good Ear (Stonewood Press, 2018) and Bloodhound (Hearing Eye, 2012). Her poems appear in Carcanet’s New Poetries VII and her debut collection, A Map Towards Fluency, was published by Carcanet in 2019. She is learning British Sign Language.

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