George Town Literary Festival, Penang

UNBOXED and The Poetry Society in Malaysia

Date and time

26 - 27 November


Penang, Malaysia

Publication date
Two women talking to an audience on stage at George Town Literary Festival, Malaysia

UNBOXED was with The Poetry Society and the British Council Malaysia at the George Town Literary Festival in Penang in November to launch a collaboration that will see poets from the UK and Malaysia respond to the themes of About Us. The new work coming out of the project will be presented at the 2023 George Town Literary Festival next November.

On Saturday 26 November, Poetry Society Director Judith Palmer and UNBOXED Senior International Producer Katie Popperwell were in conversation, talking about the Society’s creative and educational work on the About Us commission, and on Sunday 27 November, Judith Palmer announced the collaboration at the closing ceremony of the Festival.

Audiences were invited to watch a screening of the About Us film and see displays of the commissioned poems by poets including Khairani Barokka, Stephen Sexton, Llŷr Gwyn Lewis, Jason Allen-Paisant and Jen Hadfield.

We're excited to be working with The Poetry Society and the Arts Team of British Council Malaysia, and we’re delighted to be launching this exciting collaboration and connecting creatives across the world.

Four women standing in front of information boards at George Town Literary Festival, Penang

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