Keats Festival 2013- flamingofeather poetry competition reading

Keats House

Flamingofeather Poetry Competition Reading:

I am proud to announce that my poem  Resurrection Man  got a commendation for the flamingofeather poetry competition. On the Sunday 26th of May  there will be  a reading by winners of the flamingofeather poetry competition and the judges, Mimi Khalvati and Peter Daniels.  Plus Performance by 55+ Sage Dance Company, directed by former Royal Ballet soloist Simon Rice. Join me if you can.  You can read the Judges Report

Free entry but space is limited, so please book:  Contact Keats House on 020 7332 3868 Continue reading

The Midnight Run Summer 2012

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This  weekend I will be hanging with some friends old and new for the Summer 2012 Midnight Run, for 12 hours, from 6pm to 6 am. It is the brainchild of Inua Ellams. The idea behind the Midnight Run is simple, to negate the frenzy and hysteria of mass media and reality t.v. for actual reality; for the simplicity of walking and talking. To reclaim the streets and rediscover a city after dark, to inhabit its confines of glass, concrete, steel and structure, as a child does a maze; with as much innocence and wonder as is natural

Five creatives are invited to each run, to interact with the city, to respond to it by making art based on (there by documenting) experiences within The Midnight Run. It is about living the magic of a city with its inhabitants. In the Midnight Moto, ‘star’ can be taken literally, or as a metaphor for city dwellers, In which case it takes on a beauty and importance: Continue reading

The World Record

 The World Record

The World Record: international voices from Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus Edited by Neil Astley and Anna Selby

ISBN-13: 9781852249380

The World Record is an international anthology of work by all poets appearing at Poetry Parnassus, published by Bloodaxe Books with Southbank Centre. The World Record” is an international anthology of work by poets from all the countries taking part in the 2012 London Olympics, featuring a poem from each of the 204 Olympic nations. Poets come together in London for Poetry Parnassus, a week-lon celebratory gathering as part of the finale of the Cultural Olympiad, the Festival of the World and the London 2012 Festival. This visionary festival at London’s Southbank Centre features poets from all participating Olympic nations giving readings, talks and performances. Poetry Parnassus is a monumental poetic happening worthy of the spirit and history of the Olympics. Continue reading

Rain of Poems: At Poetry Parnassus

Rain of Poems: At Poetry Parnassus

 Rain of Poems:  26 June 2012, 21:00pm: As part of the Southbank Festival of the World, watch 100,000 poems by over 300 contemporary poets from 204 countries fall from a helicopter over Jubilee Garden during Poetry Parnassus as the sun sets.

The performance, carried out by the Chilean arts collective, Casagrande in collaboration with Southbank Centre, is set to be one of the most visually stunning displays of aeronautical poetry ever seen.

Rain of Poems over London is the sixth performance of its kind which sees poetry raining down on cities that have suffered air raids in the past.

It has been held in Berlin, Germany, Warsaw, Poland, Guernica, Spain, Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Santiago, Chile. Continue reading

Prayers For Exiled Poets: Poetry & Politics


Poetry Parnassus: Prayer’s For Exile Poets: 27 June 2012, 5:30pm

In the The Front Room at QEH a poetry event named after one of the poems in my new collection. All the poets on the night poet have all experienced life in exile from their countries of birth.

I will be accompanied by Mir Mahfuz Ali has been shortlisted for the Picador Poetry Prize, is included in the groundbreaking anthology Ten from Bloodaxe. He grew up in Bangladesh up during the war of liberation and came to England in 1973, after being shot in the throat by riot police during an uprising and has been an active member of Exiled Writers Ink since 2000. Continue reading

New Poets Festival

I am performing on the 1st day of a three day festival – three evenings and two afternoons of readings. Join BroadCast for the launch of the festival, followed by part 4 of the 28 Project – Opposites Attract, which sees 14 pairs of poets reading new complementary poems based on opposing ideas. They have me paired with James Goodman. Hosts are Roddy Lumsden and Emily Hasler.

The full list of pairs are

Colette Sensier / Edward Mackay, Holly Hopkins / Sophia Blackwell, Hannah Lowe / Wayne Holloway-Smith, James Goodman / Nick Makoha, Mark Burnhope / Andrew McMillan, Martha Sprackland / Eloise Stonborough, Aime Williams / John Canfield, Nia Davies / Charlotte Geater, Vidyan Ravinthiran / Ben Rogers, Sophie Collins / Dai George, Dan Barrow / Tom Gilliver, Kayo Chingonyi / Amy Evans

Out of Bounds Anthology Launch

As part of the NCLA Festival of Belonging

Location: Culture Lab, Newcastle University
Time/Date: 5th May 2012, 16:00 – 17:30

From Aberdeen to the Isle of Wight, Out of Bounds takes the reader on a sensory journey, providing a vivid alternative map of Britain as viewed by its black and Asian poets. Featured poets include John Agard, Wole Soyinka and Jackie Kay. We are delighted to be welcoming Raman Mundair, Kayo Chingonyi and Sheree Mack to help us launch this new anthology. Join us in celebrating the arrival of this fresh addition to the British literary landscape.

Tickets for this event are priced at £6/£4 (concessions)/£2 (Newcastle University students).


For further information please contact Melanie Birch on: or 0191 222 7619.

My Father & Other Superheroes – The tour


The tour Begins. Check out the flyer  here My Father & Other Superheroes -Flyer

With no father around the TV became a universe… more familiar than the back of his hand. Remember we all have our Krptonite! Being a dad, how hard can it be…?  This production was originally developed at Spokelab, Theatre Royal Stratford East Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

In Birmingham @ Mac: Wed 1 – Sat 4 Feb, 8pm (Matinee Thu 2 Feb, 2pm) | Tickets £10 (£7) Post show Discussion 2 Feb 0121 446 3232

In London @ The Albany: Thu 23 Feb 7.30pm | Tickets £8 (£6) 020 8692 4446

In Stockton @ ArcWed 29 Feb 7.30pm | Tickets £10 (£8) Schools / Colleges £5
01642 525199

In Manchester @ ContactContact, Manchester (Part of Flying Solo Festival 2012) Tue 6 & Wed 7 Mar, 7.30pm, £8 (£5) 0161 274 0600

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Director Benji Reid Sound Designer: Andrew Wong Supported by Contact



Flipped Eye: I am 10 years old.

Flipped Eye: I am 10 years old.FE CLASSICS :  The iconic street-led publishing house Flipped Eye will feature some of the early writers published. With Roger Robinson, Janett Plummer, Niall O’Sullivan & Malika Booker.

Famous for bringing performance poetry into print without compromising its energy and for making the humble poetry pamphlet cool again with publication of titles such as Jacob Sam-La Rose’s Communion and Inua Ellams’ 13 Fairy Negro Tales.

Flipped eye delivers a range of new and classic work in themed line-ups: ‘FE Now’ will feature some of flipped eye’s present-day and emerging stars including Inua Ellams, Nina Bahadur, Max Wallis and Warsan Shire.

Music on the night will come from the quietly powerful ‘English Rose With The 8-String Guitar’, the astonishing Lisbee Stainton.  Freebies on the night. – hosted by Inua Ellams & Nick Makoha.


Grace under Pressure – Poets in the City

Grace under Pressure by Spread the Word is a series of three events as part of the Kings Place Festival featuring contemporary poets.

The anthology, Ten (published by Bloodaxe) is the culmination of an ambitious two year project coordinated by Spread the Word and Bernardine Evaristo to support talented Black and Asian poets. This book  truly reflects the multi-cultural make-up of contemporary Britain. The established and inspiring poet and mentor of the Ten project Michael Schmidt will set the stage for three of these exciting new talents, Rowdya Amin, Nick Makoha and Karen McCarthy Woolf.

To book please visit: Kings Place website

TEN New Poets available to buy from :



‘Sparkling new talents who demonstrate
the richness, energy and confidence of the
 poetic voice in our multicultural country.’ – Carol Ann Duffy 

By the book here: TEN new poets from Spread the Word