The Common Press Book Launch for MOTHER NIGHT by Serge ♆ Neptune

25 June
The Common Press Book Launch for MOTHER NIGHT by Serge ♆ Neptune

The Common Press will be hosting the in-person book launch of Mother Night by Serge ♆ Neptune on Tuesday 25th June, from 6:30pm to 9pm ~ featuring readings by Alice Hiller and Peter Thickett!


  • Doors open at 6:30pm
  • Q&A and readings from 7pm
  • Book sales and signings from 8.30pm – 9pm
  • BYOB – there will be hot drinks and non-alcoholic drinks available to buy


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.

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 work has been placed in the National Poetry Competition and the Winchester Poetry Competition. Several poems appeared in bath magg, Propel, The North, The Rialto, Banshee, Magma, and elsewhere. His new pamphlet, Mother Night, is out with the Emma Press in 2024. Author image by Sofia Falconi.


Alice Hiller’s debut, bird of winter, explores the agency and transformations that art-making can generate. Published by Liverpool University Press, it was short-listed for the 2021 Forwards and 2022 John Pollard prizes. alice was a Forwards judge for 2022. She founded and facilitates the Voicing Our Silences workshop to resource poets responding to complex materials. If you want to know more, find her at


Hastiis a poet and writer living in South East London. An alumna of the Southbank New Poets Collective and member of the Ledbury Poetry Critics, they are the recipient of the 2022 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize for Poetry, and have recently published poems in BathMaggZindabad Zine, and The Willowherb Review. They have also co-written short sci-fi film DIGGING, produced by Film4. Hasti has created shows  for Montez Press Radio and hosts open mic and poetry night Fresh Lip.

Event details

Date: 25 June 2024.
Time: 18:30
Event Type: Book launch
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