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Poetry reading and discussion

Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo & Denise Riley


Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

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Join us for an in-person poetry reading by writer and performer Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo and poet, critic and philosopher Denise Riley, followed by discussion.

Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo is a writer and performer whose ambitious new work is on display on the façade of the Henry Moore Institute.

Denise Riley is a poet, critic and philosopher of language whose writings explore a spectrum of experience, from mothering and grief to art and radical politics.

Together they will read a sample of new and recent work, and discuss the impact of sculpture on poetry and poetics.

Our gallery opening hours have been extended for this event. You will be able to see The Weight of Words and Egon Altdorf up until 18:00, when this event starts.


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About the speakers

Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo

Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo is a Trinidadian-Scottish intermedia writer who works with poetry, fiction and visual gestures, including installations, performance and traditional masquerade.

They are the author of eight full-length books and numerous pamphlets. Their accolades include the Cholmondeley Award and the Forward Prize, and they are currently Professor and Writer in residence at the University of York.

Denise Riley

Denise Riley is a poet and philosopher who lives in London. Her critical books include Am I That Name? and Impersonal Passion. Her Poetry collections include Marxism for Infants and Say Something Back. She was formerly Writer in Residence at Tate, London.



Visitors who would prefer a step-free entrance can use the accessible entrance on Cookridge Street, using the lift to bring you to the ground floor. The event will take place in the library on the first floor and you can use a passenger lift to all floors of the building.

Toilets are located on the basement level, including baby changing facilities within the accessible and gender-neutral toilet.

We want to make it as easy as possible for all to attend, so please get in touch if you have any access needs that you would like to discuss before the event.



Getting here

Henry Moore Institute

The Henry Moore Institute is currently closed for refurbishment until summer 2024.

74 The Headrow
United Kingdom

T:  01132 467 467