Stablemates – Ledbury Fest

Stablemates – Ledbury

Jill Abram presents Stablemates, a poetry salon with Roger Robinson, Nick Makoha and Seni Seneviratne from Peepal Tree Press.

Roger Robinson is a dub poet writing songs about common people and their plight.  He co-founded Malika’s Poetry Kitchen and King Midas Sound.  Decibel chose him as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon over the past 50 years. Continue reading

Forward Prizes 2017

The Forward Prizes for Poetry 2017

Hear readings from the ten collections chosen by the Forward judges from poetry published in the UK and the Republic of Ireland over the last 12 months.

Between the readings, see the nation’s most coveted poetry prizes awarded live on stage.

Michael Longley, Emily Berry, Sinéad Morrissey, Tara Bergin and Nuar Alsadir are up for the £10,000 Best Collection Award, while books by Ocean Vuong, Nick Makoha, Eric Langley, Maria Apichella and Richard Georges are in the running for Best First Collection. The Best Single Poem prize shortlist features Malika Booker, Mary Jean Chan, Harmony Holiday, Ishion Hutchinson and Ian Patterson.

Now in their 26th year, the Forward Prizes for Poetry are dedicated to heralding fresh new voices as well as honouring famous names. This year’s judges are Andrew Marr, Ian Duhig, Mona Arshi, Sandeep Parmar and Chris Riddell.

An anthology of the year’s best poetry is compiled from the poems entered for the Forward Prizes.

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Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre


Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre presents an hour of poetry with Nick Makoha, Richard Scott and Kathryn Maris

22 Mar 20175:00pm – 6:30pm –  Richard Hoggart Building room 304

Under the directorship of Professor Blake Morrison, has been established to encourage new writing, to stimulate debate about all forms of literature, and to create links between the different parts of the college where creative writing takes place – the Departments of Art, English & Comparative Literature, Media & Communications and Theatre and Performance. This week readers are Nick Makoha, Richard Scott and Kathryn Maris.

Nick Makoha is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and Complete Works Alumni. He won the 2015 Brunel African Poetry prize and is the 2016 winner of the Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for his manuscript Resurrection Man. As Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Goldsmiths he is working to create an in-depth online digital archive of the Metic experiences of Black British Writers. His poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, Rialto, Boston Review and Wasafiri. His first collection, Kingdom of Gravity, is published this month. Find him at

Richard Scott was born in London in 1981. His poems have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies including Poetry Review, Poetry London, Swimmers, The Poetry of Sex (Penguin) and Butt Magazine. He has been a winner of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, a Jerwood/Arvon Poetry Mentee and a member of the Aldeburgh 8. His pamphlet Wound, published by Rialto, won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016.

Kathryn Maris is originally from New York and has lived in London since 1999. Her previous collections are The Book of Jobs (Four Way Books, 2006) and God Loves You (Seren, 2013), and a selection of her poetry will appear alongside the work of Frederick Seidel and Sam Riviere in Penguin Modern Poets 5 (July 2017). Her poetry has been published widely, including in Granta, The Nation, The New Statesman, Poetry, The Best British Poetry and The Forward Book of Poetry 2017. Her third collection, The House with Only an Attic and a Basement, will be published by Penguin UK in 2018. She is currently doing a PhD at Goldsmiths.



Breaking Ground: International Showcase

Breaking Ground: International Showcases

Celebrating British Diversity in Literature

15 Mar 2017, 14:30 – 15:30 – Gallery Suite, Room 2, Grand Hall Gallery

2017 marks a time of change across the world as borders close and barriers go up. Yet populations continue to move and to diversify communities and societies around the globe. And, while those in the arts have been among the first to recognise the opportunities this brings, the publishing industry has struggled to keep up with such changes within British society.

Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions’ 2017-18 initiative, the Arts Council England-funded Breaking Ground project, sheds light on how it makes social, political and economic sense to back UK writers of colour and to put them centre stage. Taking British black, Asian and minority ethnic artists to Europe as well as making samples of their work available in translation, Breaking Ground offers the chance to build international networks and connections and to develop writers’ careers across borders and languages.

This panel, featuring Speaking Volumes and three diverse writers, offers a fascinating insight as to why publishing needs to be more inclusive and how that can be achieved in today’s climate. There will also be free copies of the accompanying Breaking Ground brochure, which highlights 200 contemporary British writers of colour, including many up-and-coming voices who are not yet published. #BreakGround2017

  • Sharmilla Beezmohun – Speaker – Co-DirectoSpeaking Volumes Live Literature Productions Sharmilla Beezmohun has worked in publishing since 1994. She co-founded Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions in 2010 with Sarah Sanders….

    Caleb Femi  – Speaker Poet: Caleb Femi is the 2016-17 Young People’s Laureate for London and an English teacher, filmmaker, photographer and schools workshop leader. Caleb’s…

    Colin Grant – Speaker-  Author Colin Grant is a historian, author and BBC producer. His books include Negro with a Hat, a biography of Marcus Garvey; I and I The Natural Mystics…

    Nick Makoha – Speaker – Poet Nick Makoha is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow who represented Uganda at Poetry Parnassus as part of the Cultural Olympiad held in London. His…

    Razia Iqbal – Chairperson – Journalist and presenter – Razia Iqbal is a presenter for BBC News: she is one of the main hosts of Newshour, the flagship news and current affairs programme on BBC World…

The Dark

Fuel and Ovalhouse present   – The Dark

Written and Performed by Nick Makoha   – Directed by Roy Alexander Weise

A new one-person live literature experience by award-winning poet Nick Makoha.

On a November evening in 1978 after eight years of civil war Nick Makoha and his mother fled their homeland of Uganda. Many people were displaced, thrown into unfamiliar environments and forced to find their new home in the world.

The Dark is Nick’s own poetic retelling of his experience and that of others affected by it – a series of voices echoing from varying states of darkness. What unfolds is a story of those who find themselves exiled, with allegiances split between their birthplace and their new country.

The Dark is a part of Ovalhouse’ FiRST BiTES series of new performance pieces, currently in development and presented as work-in-progress.

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Cave Chapbook Prize

Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize  2016

This year ends on a good note as my pamphlet Resurrection Man  was selected by judge Robin Coste Lewis, for the 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize. It will be published by Jai-Alai Books in spring 2017. As a winner I will receive $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books in spring 2017, a week-long residency at The Writers Room at The Betsy Hotel and 10 complimentary copies of the chapbook. I  will give a feature reading at the 2017 O, Miami Poetry Festival.

Established in 2015 to celebrate Cave Canem’s 20th anniversary, the annual Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize is dedicated to the discovery of exceptional chapbook-length manuscripts by black poets, and is presented in collaboration with the O, Miami Poetry Festival and the CUNY Graduate Center.

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The Bug presents Killing Sound

A truly unique clash of hypnagogic sounds and deep thoughts: music by Tim Hecker, Coil and William Basinski meets poems by Bill Burroughs, Roger Robinson, Rider Shafique and Nick Makoha. Kevin Martin is a prolific UK producer best known for his work as The Bug, a project rooted in raw, noisy excursions through dancehall, dub and grime. He’s found plenty of time to delve into other collaborative projects, including King Midas Sound, Techno Animal and worked alongside the likes of Flowdan, Justin Broadrick, John Zorn, Warrior Queen, Grouper, Mark Stewart, D Double E, Cutty Ranks, Anti-Pop Consortium, Miss Red and others too numerous to list. Remixing Grace Jones, Thom Yorke and The Beastie Boys along the way.

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Breaking Ground NY to LA


Breaking Ground from NY to LA

Come and hear some of the Breaking Ground writers talking in person and on film about their experiences of touring the USA.


Gabriel Gbadamosi, Colin Grant, Nick Makoha and Karen McCarthy Woolf   –  Introduced by Hirsh Sawhney

At Waterstones Piccadilly  – 203/206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD  – 22 June from 7pm to 9pm

This event is free, but please reserve your place in-store by telephone 020 7851 2400 or by email:

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