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How to Throw a Punch

Tuesday 29th March – 7pm-8pm BST

Our guests discuss boxing, brawling and the punch.

Technique, physicality, masculinity, and the enduring romance of pugilism. Guests include Kasia Boddy, Steven J Fowler and Lynda Nead. Daniel Marrone hosts.

Kasia Boddy teaches in the English Department at University College London. She is the author of Boxing: A Cultural History (2008).

Steven J Fowler is a poet, author of two collections, Fights (Veer books 2011) and Red Museum (Knives Forks & Spoons press 2011). He is a member of the Writers forum avant garde poetry group and edits the weekly Maintenant interview series for 3am magazine showcasing innovative, contemporary European poets. He is a full time employee of the British Museum and has an MA in philosophy from the University of London. A former professional Mixed Martial Artist, he holds an Olympic level coaching badge from the British Wrestling Association and between wrestling, boxing, kickboxing and MMA competed in over 250 bouts. His poetry is often concerned with the sport of boxing and the ethos of violence.

Lynda Nead is Pevsner Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck College. She is the author of a number of publications including The Female Nude: Art, Obscenity and Sexuality (Routledge), Victorian Babylon: People, Streets and Images in Nineteenth-Century London (Yale UP) and The Haunted Gallery: Painting, Photography, Film c.1900 (Yale UP). She is a qualified ABA boxing coach and coaches amateur boxing at the Peacock Gym in Canning Town.