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Valentines for Palestine – Raffle and Poetry Night

  • Wednesday 14 February 2024, 7:00pm
  • Pages of Hackney, 70 Lower Clapton Road, London, E5 0RN
  • £12 (Raffle Ticket + Event Ticket) · £6 (Raffle Ticket Only)

On 14 February we are joining independent bookshops nationwide to raise funds for the PEN Emergency Fund for Writers at Risk. Money raised will be used to provide visa support for writers trying to leave Gaza, as well as offering general financial support to writers in and from Palestine.

There are two ways you can get involved!

Buy a ticket for our poetry event, featuring readings from four incredible poets (waitlist only).
Enter the raffle for a chance to win one of nine truly incredible prizes.

Tickets for the poetry event automatically include one raffle ticket (although you can also buy more), and raffle tickets are also available to buy separately if you are not attending the event.

The raffle will be drawn during the event on 14 February, and prizes won by anyone not in attendance will be available to collect from the shop, or will be posted to you free of charge (UK only). Winners will be contacted by email on 15 February.

You can also donate to the fund directly via GoFundMe.

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Raffle Prizes

Out-Spoken: A one hour online session with editor Anthony Anaxagorou, reviewing poems and/or offering advice on craft and poetry publishing.

Broken Sleep: A 12 month Broken Sleep Books subscription.

LCBA: A London Centre for Book Arts workshop of your choice (worth £125) to learn skills such as book binding, publishing practices, letterpress printing or box making. You can choose from any available upcoming day-long workshops at LCBA.

Cheerio bundle and tote: PLUS ULTRA by Sarah Fletcher, ABSENCE by Ali Lewis, COWBOY by Kandace Siobhan Walker, Cheerio tote bag.

Fitzcarraldo signed book bundle: EMERGENCY by Daisy Hildyard, THE LONG FORM by Kate Briggs and THE PLAGUE by Jacqueline Rose.

Makina bundle: STRANGERS by Rebecca Tamás, ON TRAMPOLINING by Rebecca Perry (signed), HYPERLOVE by Naomi Morris, LOBSTERS by Wayne Holloway-Smith, plus patches and stickers.

Prototype bundle: VEHICLE by Jen Calleja, PLEASURE BEACH by Helen Palmer, LORI & JOE by Amy Arnold, THROUGH THE BILLBOARD PROMISED LAND WITHOUT EVER STOPPING by Derek Jarman, all 5 issues of PROTOTYPE anthology.

Serpent’s Tail bundle: NOTICE by Heather Lewis, CLOSER by Dennis Cooper, PEDRO PÁRAMO by Juan Rulfo, COLD NIGHTS OF CHILDHOOD by Tezer Özlü, HARUKO LOVE POEMS by June Jordan.

Profile bundle: JUNGLE HOUSE by Julianne Pachico, SANDERSON’S ISLE by James Clarke, WISH I WAS HERE by M. John Harrison, NIGHTSWIMMERS by Roisin Maguire, GRIEF IS FOR PEOPLE by Sloane Crosley.

Profile Palestine book bundle and tote: WE COULD HAVE BEEN FRIENDS, MY FATHER AND I by Raja Shehadeh, THE HUNDRED YEARS WAR ON PALESTINE by Rashid Khalidi, Profile tote bag.

Granta bundle one: signed copies of THE LODGERS and COMIC TIMING by Holly Pester in a Granta tote bag.

Granta bundle two: Signed special edition of THE GLUTTON by A.K. Blakemore, in a Granta tote bag.

Pages of Hackney Palestine book bundle and tote: THE STONE HOUSE by Yara Hawari, A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ABED SALAMA by Nathan Thrall, PALESTINE by Joe Sacco, Pages of Hackney tote bag.

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Poetry Readings

We’re thrilled to be welcoming four incredible poets to read for us on 14 February.

Sanah Ahsan is a poet, clinical psychologist, presenter, speaker and educator. Her work has been awarded the Outspoken Performance Poetry Prize and shortlisted for the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize, the White Review Poet’s Prize and the Bridport Prize. Ahsan is also part of Southbank New Poet’s Collective and the BBC Words First Alumni. Her debut collection of poems, I cannot be good until you say it, will be published by Bloomsbury in March 2024.

Lalah-Simone Springer is a poet and speculative fiction writer from Dagenham (she/they). Lalah’s first poetry collection, An Aviary of Common Birds (Broken Sleep Books) was published in August 2023. In 2022, they released the first single from their upcoming collaborative spoken word album, Cyclical Music. In 2021, Lalah’s poetry was long-listed for the #Merky New Writers Prize and they were one of the recipients of the Community Engagement Artist Grant – for artists that reimagine our shared spaces and stimulate social engagement, creative expression and collective empowerment. Lalah has been published in SHE magazine, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Onyx Magazine, on the ANTHEMS podcast and more. Previous collaborations as a performance artist have been staged at The Barbican, Whitechapel Gallery, Folkstone Fringe, Hackney Town Hall and Almanac Project Space.

Ed Luker is a writer, poet, and cultural critic based in London. His writing has recently appeared in Poetry Project newsletter, Mubi Notebook, The London Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, Frieze, Tank Magazine, Jacobin, and Plinth. He has published two collections of poetry and prose: Heavy Waters (the87press, 2019) and Other Life (Broken Sleep Books, 2021). He is currently working on his first novel, alongside a play and a new collection of poems.

Nadine El-Enany is a writer and poet. She is author of (B)ordering Britain: Law, race and empire (Manchester University Press, 2020), co-author of Empire’s Endgame: Racism and the British State (Pluto Press, 2021), and co-editor of After Grenfell: Violence, Resistance and Response (Pluto Press, 2019). Her poetry has appeared in Butcher’s Dog, Magma, Propel Magazine, 14 Magazine, fourteen poems, Gutter Magazine and Poetry Wales. She was shortlisted for the 2023 Poetry London Pamphlet Prize and longlisted for the 2023 Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition and the 2022 Fish Poetry Prize.


Raffle Ticket + Event Ticket: £12 – One ticket for the raffle, plus entry to the event on 14 February.

Raffle Ticket Only: £6 – Raffle tickets for those who can’t attend the event but wish to enter. (Please note this ticket will not grant entry to the event)


The event will be held in the shop’s basement, which sadly due to the architectural limitations of the building is without wheelchair access. The space is accessed via stairs with a handrail on the left side.

A gender neutral toilet is available on the shop’s ground floor, which is upstairs from the event space.