Book launch for MOTHER NIGHT by Serge ♆ Neptune

20 June
Book launch for MOTHER NIGHT by Serge ♆ Neptune

Join us to celebrate the launch of Serge ♆ Neptune’s Mother Night together with very special guests Charlotte Shevchenko Knight and Jinhao Xie. We’ll enjoy some readings, hear about the inspiration behind the poems, and finish up with a Q&A session.

You can order a copy of the Mother Night here.
Book your free ticket to the online launch (7pm UK time / Thursday 20 June) here.


From the book’s blurb:

Mother Night is a hallucinogenic journey across a city with too many alleyways and across a life surviving childhood sexual assault. Forming a nocturnal séance, Serge ♆ Neptune resurrects abusive old lovers and ghosts of the queers of the past – conjures men in cars and men in bedrooms – providing them invitation and shelter, or casting them to stormy waves.

In a book of many types of darkness – across poems of vulnerability and harm – what persists in Mother Night is its celebration of resilience, what shines brightest is the many ways it reaches for the light.

‘an immensely gifted poet’~ Eduardo C. Corraln.

Cover image © Kremena Chipilova, ‘Lost in Reverie’.


Serge ♆ Neptune has been called ‘the little merman of British poetry’. He is a Faber Academy alumnus and a queer neuro-divergent poet based in London. His first pamphlet, These Queer Merboys, was published with Broken Sleep (2020). His work was longlisted in the National Poetry Competition and the Winchester Poetry Competition. Several poems have appeared in The North, Propel, The Rialto, Banshee, Magma, Fourteen Poems, and elsewhere.


Charlotte Shevchenko Knight is a poet of both British and Ukrainian heritage. Her debut pamphlet Ways of Healing was a winner of the New Poets Prize. Shevchenko Knight is currently undertaking a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University and is based in York. She is a recipient of an Eric Gregory Award for her debut collection Food for the Dead, published by Jonathan Cape

Jinhao Xie is a lover. They are curious about the quiet, the unheard. They believe that poems can carry the non-weight of hearts. They are an alumnus of Barbican Young and Southbank Centre New Poets Collective 2021-2022. They are currently making their first pamphlet. Their work appeared in POETRY, Poetry Review, Harana, Bath Magg, Gutter Magazine and fourteen poems and various anthologies. They love to cook for their beloved. You can find them @xie.jin.hao on Instagram

Event details

Date: 20 June 2024.
Time: 19:00
Adress: Zoom Webinar
Event Type: Book launch
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