Public Knowledge: Broken Sleep Books

Broken Sleep Books will host an evening of poetry readings to celebrate the launches of Azad Ashim Sharma’s Ergastulum: Vignettes of Lost Time, E. P. Jenkins’s Rituals, and Kashif Sharma-Patel’s relief i willed it (Gong Farm, 2021).

Each poet will read from their work, followed by a roundtable discussion led by Aaron Kent.

Free entry, booking required.



Azad Ashim Sharma is based in South London. He is the director of the87press. His work includes Against the Frame (Barque Press, 2017) and the forthcoming collections of poetry and prose Ergastulum (Broken Sleep Books, 2022) and Boiled Owls (Nightboat Books, 2023). His poems have been published recently by Stand Magazine, the Asian American Writers Workshop and Gutter Magazine. His prose has been published by SPAMzine, MIR Online, Magma Magazine and is forthcoming in the Bloomsbury Companion to Contemporary Poetry in Ireland and the UK. Azad is currently a PhD Candidate in English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London and is producing a novel and a book of critical theory.

E.P Jenkins is a poet and artist based in Kent, a recent graduate of Royal Holloway’s Poetic Practice MA and editor of Coven Poetry. E.P’s work can be found in Streetcake Magazine, Osmosis Press, Full House Literary Review, the anthologies Harpies (2018), and Rewilding: An Eco Poetic Anthology (2020) and in recordings with Stay at Home Fest and Babel Tower Notice Board . Her debut collection Rituals is published with Broken Sleep Books (2022). Her book work Splendid Stomach can be found in The Wellcome Collection, Senate House Library, and National Poetry Library. She is a big witchy weirdo inspired by folklore, contemporary and historical medicine, and crafts as a method for poetic generation

Kashif Sharma-Patel is a writer, poet and editor at the87press. They work at the interface of sonic, visual and written cultures with particular reference to queer and racialised experimental work. Pamphlets include relief I willed it (Gong Farm, 2021), fragments on mutability (Earthbound Press, 2020), and Suburban Finesse co-authored with Ashwani Sharma and Azad Ashim Sharma (Sad Press, 2021). Kashif has also written music, art, and literary criticism for Artforum, Wire Magazine, The Quietus, AQNB, and more.

Aaron Kent is a working-class writer and award-winning publisher from Cornwall, now living in Wales. He runs the Michael Marks Publishing Award winning press Broken Sleep Books, and his debut poetry collection, ANGELS THE SIZE OF HOUSES, is forthcoming from Shearsman. Aaron was awarded the Awen medal from the Bards of Cornwall for his poetry pamphlet THE LAST HUNDRED. Gillian Clarke said, of his poetry, “Every poem is a dizzy word-dazzle, a dance of images, expressing a real life of work, babies, love and loss.” Andrew McMillan called it “Poetry that vibrates on its own frequency and invites the reader into its own surreal soundscapes.” JH Prynne called his work “Unicorn Flavoured” and Vahni Capildeo said “Aaron Kent’s pages made me experience, for the first time ever in my reading, the spaces between words as rips in fabric that let skin show through in its bruised and tender luminosity”.

Yousif M. Qasmiyeh: Born and educated in Baddawi refugee camp, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh is a poet and translator whose doctoral research at the University of Oxford examines containment and the archive in ‘refugee writing’. Time, the body, and ruination inform his poetry and prose, which have appeared in journals including Modern Poetry in Translation, Stand, Critical Quarterly, GeoHumanities, Cambridge Literary Review and Humanities. Yousif is the Creative Encounters Editor of the Migration and Society journal, and his collection, Writing the Camp (Broken Sleep Books, 2021) was The Poetry Book Society’s Recommendation for Spring 2021.