Forms and themes
Georgi’s first poetry collection, Limbo, is available from Blue Diode Press.
‘Limbo, a queer nightclub in 1933 Berlin, with Germany under Nazi rule, is where we first meet B and the dazzling array of characters who inhabit this episodic narrative sequence, almost a film noir in verse: singers, dancers, comperes, shopkeepers and secret policemen rub up against each other with suspicion, complicity, love, betrayal and freedom never far from their minds. A study of paranoia, tyranny and perseverance. And tension that will keep you guessing until the final line.’
‘If, like me, you’re fascinated by queer life in 1930s Berlin, there is much to savour in Georgi Gill’s Limbo. The compelling narrative is a page turner on first read, and then the distinct voices of the watched and the watching, the hunters and hunted, and Gill’s rich, startling imagery pulls the reader back. I was particularly moved by the poems about the burning of documents in the Institute for Sexual Science and what this meant for the denizens of Limbo, deciding when, and if, to flee. These are poems about queer life as performance, as a way of life, as escape and ultimately survival.’ —Jay Whittaker
‘singular together’ by Georgi Gill and Gillian Shirreffs will be published in the forthcoming Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities: Glasgow, edited by Ruthie Kennedy and Colin Herd. ‘singular together’ is an excerpt from ‘They closed the real world’ in which Georgi and Gillian write collaboratively about their experiences of life during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Georgi mostly writes poetry, although she also writes reflective pieces and creative non-fiction, and is happiest when form and genre boundaries are blurred. Among other subjects, her writing explores chronic illness and disability, queer history, and gender politics. She is particularly interested in how personal, social and cultural experiences impact on one another. Recently Georgi has been tinkering with two novels, but these are not yet ready to see the light of day.
‘singular together’, collaboration with Gillian Shirreffs, Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities: Glasgow, edited by Ruthie Kennedy and Colin Herd, Dostoyevsky Wannabe, forthcoming.
‘and so we sew’ in ’12: content work produce form’ in Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event?, edited by Sophia Yadong Hao, Sternberg Press, 2019
‘Nightingale’, #MeToo: a women’s poetry anthology, edited by Deborah Alma, Fairacre Press, 2018.
‘silica’ and ‘a drawn out magic trick’, Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, edited by Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka & Daniel Sluman, Nine Arches Press, 2017.
‘L’ and ‘R’, A New Manchester Alphabet: An Illustrated Collection of New Poetry, edited by Jean Sprackland, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2015.
Journals and newspapers
Georgi’s poems have been published in a wide range of journals, including Structo, Tears in the Fence, Under the Radar, Abridged, The Arsonist, The Interpreter’s House, Glasgow Review of Books, Gutter, The Honest Ulsterman, Coast to Coast to Coast, Far Off Places and Bare Fiction. One of her poems has also featured as ‘Poem of the Week in The Scotsman.
Georgi’s poem ‘Scur’ was placed second in the 2020 Mslexia Poetry Competition. ‘Scur’ was written about a cutaneous horn exhibited at the Anatomical Museum in Edinburgh and previously removed in 1671 from the head of Elizabeth Low.
‘It sounds messy. It sounds MSsy: poetic inquiry as a methodology for exploring lived experience of multiple sclerosis.’ The Honest Ulsterman (2019)
In addition to maintaining the Poetry and Multiple Sclerosis Study website, Georgi has written blogs for the Scottish Poetry Library, StAnza Poetry Festival, the MS Society, MS-UK and Leuchie House.
Georgi is editor of The Interpreter’s House.