About Theophilus Kwek

Born in Singapore, Theophilus Kwek has published four volumes of poetry - most recently The First Five Storms, which won the New Poets' Prize in 2016. He also won the Jane Martin Prize in 2015, and was co-winner of the Berfrois Poetry Prize in 2017. He has served as President of the Oxford University Poetry Society, and is currently Co-Editor of Oxford Poetry, as well as Chief Executive Assistant at Asymptote. He is pursuing a Master's in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at Oxford University. 
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‘No Poetry after Auschwitz’? On the Writer’s Place in Responding to Crisis

Adorno’s dictum – ‘to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric’ – sounds a cautionary note for the socially-engaged writer. Against the impulse to respond with the tools of our trade, …
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