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NPF 2023: Royal Society of Literature lecture – Sandeep Parmar

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Motherhood, Whiteness and Empathy in Contemporary British Poetry’

This talk will consider how recent poetry stages racialised encounters in which the figure of the white mother is a complex conduit for empathy. Is this empathy meant to be radical? How might it fail? It will ask where and how this particular lyric subject operates across a postcolonial hierarchy as a proxy for the state and the security (or precarity) of its citizens.

Sandeep Parmar is a poet and essayist and author of a book on the modernist poet Mina Loy, and editions of Hope Mirilees and Nancy Cunard. She is Professor of English at Liverpool University and co-Director (with Deryn Rees-Jones) of the Centre for New and International Writing. Faust (2022) is her third poetry collection from Shearsman. Preti Taneja is Professor of World Literature and Creative Writing at Newcastle University and is the winner of the Desmond Elliot for her novel, When We Were Young and the Gordon Burn Prize for Aftermath, her mixed genre meditation prompted by the London Bridge stabbings.

This event is presented in partnership with the Royal Society of Literature. Sandeep Parmar was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2020.

There are two entrances to the theatre, Kings Road Entrance (this is the taxi drop-off/collection point) and the Main Entrance.

Both level entrances have automated doors. These lead into the foyer area where you will find the Restaurant, Bar, Box Office and entrances to Stages 1, 2 and 3.


Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available


There are five wheelchair positions in Stage 1, two positions in Stage 2 and all seats are removeable in Stage 3.


Accessible toilets in Stage 3 and Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.


Induction loop system in all public spaces, and an infra-red system in all three stages. (In Stage 1 the induction loop is best covered in rows E – L).


One free ticket for the assistant of a disabled person who is not able to attend unaccompanied.


To book a free ticket for a wheelchair companion or an assistant, contact our Box Office on 0191 230 5151, via email at or by visiting our Box Office in person.


Guide, hearing and all working dogs are welcome here.


Stage 1: Seats are 43 cm wide, 41cm deep, with 46cm between arm rests. The aisleway is 51cm deep from the seat back. Arm rests cannot be removed.

Stage 2: Seats are 40cm wide, 41cm deep. The aisleway is 64cm deep from the seat back. There are no arm rests.

Our seats are rated to British Standards at installation and are guaranteed to hold up to 110kg.

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