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'Tinikling' with Karl Riordan - Poetry Reading

9 March 2024
11:00am until 12:30pm
Library @ the Lightbox
18 years and above


Over the past five years Karl Riordan and his Filipino wife, Jeni, have been forced to live thousands of miles apart by the UK government that expects him to raise £22k to ‘sponsor’ her. Taking its title from a traditional Philippine folk dance, Tinikling choreographs a complicated dance between love, racism and bureaucracy. It’s a book about love, geography and learning to pick your way through the hurdles and traps of a relationship while navigating the ‘hostile environment’ of the UK immigration system Karl Riordan works as a Library Assistant. His writing has been published in many magazines and in ‘How Do You Sleep? New Stories by Sheffield Writers’. He currently lives in Sheffield. His first collection of poems, The Tattooist’s Chair, was also published by Smokestack. Free, booking essential.