Re:Play Development programme:
We’re so excited. And we just can’t hide it. So we’re telling you that after reviewing nearly 60 quality applications to Re:Play, and interviewing a shortlist of 11, the following lovely people are on the programme, which launched in January 2015: Continue reading
Book Review: Seven New Generation African Poets
This is a beautifully assembled, boxed set of seven chapbooks by emerging poets relatively new to non-African audiences. The project was first envisioned by the African Poetry Book Fund
, an organization dedicated to publishing poetry from Africa. Its goal was to increase the exposure of distinctive, modern African voices. With support from the Poetry Foundation and Prairie Schooner, and acceptance by U.S. publisher Slapering Hol Press, the collection became a reality.
Of the poets, three live in Africa: T. J. Dema in Botswana, Clifton Gachagua in Kenya, and Len Verway in South Africa. The remaining four live elsewhere: Tsitsi Jaji and Ladan Osman in the United States, and Nick Makoha and Warsan Shire in the United Kingdom. All seven self-identify as African, and all write in English; there are no translations. This allows us to experience their work directly without asking how much the work was “interpreted” by translators. Continue reading
Ilkley Lit Fest 2014: National Tour starts. I am off to America in a few days and when I return it will be Black History Month. My Father & Other Superheroes Tour will kick off on the 17th of October as part of the Ilkley Literature Festival. On the 16th I will be with pupils from Ilkley Grammar and David Young Academy. They will attend a Superhero workshop. I worked with the two schools last year. They produced some great work and have asked me to return. Continue reading
A celebration of The Brunel University African Poetry Prize, with thrilling live performances by this year’s winner, Liyou Libsekal and runner-up, Nick Makoha, chaired by award-winning writer and poet, Bernardine Evaristo
Nick and Liyou will be appearing at the Times Cheltenham Literature Festival on 10 October with Dr Evaristo. Visit the Cheltenham Literature Festival website for more information. Continue reading
Brent Remembers is the London Borough of Brent’s contribution to the SCL Digital War Memorial Project. The Libraries, Arts and Heritage team have brought together Brent residents with poets Malika Booker and Nick Makoha, actor Andy Daniel and heritage professional Jo Sunderland-Bowe for creative sessions commemorating the First World War. We have worked closely with the Somali Advice and Forum of Information, Lyon Park Junior School (Year 5 pupils), Queens Park Community School (Year 11 pupils) and our wider community to develop and share an understanding of the local and global impact of war.
Late at Tate Britain presents Spaces Between – a celebration of youth culture through word and sound
Curated by Louder Than Words expect an evening of exploratory spoken word and sound inspired by the artwork in the Tate Collection from a mix of storytellers, poets, beat boxers and musicians. A programme of live art, performance, installations and workshops August’s Late At Tate will explore the youth experience and the space it occupies between social structures and cultural boundaries.
Join in: #LateAtTate Check the full programme below
The Spalding Suite: This Thursday The Spalding Suite gives a (work in progress) debut at the Southbank Centre Thu 03 July 7:30pm . A post-show talk will take place in Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall. Free. I’m not surprised that its is sold out.
It is a new dance theatre show inspired by the UK’s basketball subculture. Mixing poetry, spoken word, storytelling and live music with elements of hip-hop and choreography influenced by the game, The Spalding Suite examines the British response to a very American game.
The show explores how the myths and urban legends of the game cross over the ocean to intersect with the dreams and aspirations of players here and how the forces of gravity and ageing affect those dreams.
Five performers animate poetry written by Inua Ellams, Bohdan Piasecki, Jacob Sam-La Rose, Roger Robinson, Nick Makoha and Nii Parkes. Commissioned by Southbank Centre. Produced by Fuel
World War 1 Poetry workshop:
As we approach the 100-year anniversary of the start of the First World War, we would like to invite you to an evening poetry workshop exploring Brent during the First World War
Libraries and archives across England are working with local communities and national partners on a Digital War Memorial with the help of National Lottery and Arts Council England funding. Continue reading
The Brunel University African Poetry Prize Shortlist:
Now in it’s second year, this year this literary award sponsored by Brunel University is aimed at the “development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa. Partnered by Commonwealth Writers, the Africa Centre UK, and the African Poetry Book Fund USA, It comes with a £ 3,000 honorarium. It is aimed at unpublished poets with a manuscript of ten poems. The prize is open to poets who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African.