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Poetic Journeys – Ten Tour

SPECIAL EVENT: Celebrate the anthology TEN featuring poets Mir Mahfuz Ali, Rowyda Amin, Nick Makoha, Roger Robinson, Shazea Quraishi and Jan Kofi-Tsekpo. Unified by their diverse backgrounds, they hail from Bangladesh, Ghana, Ireland, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Trinidad and Tobago and Uganda. What these poets share is their craft of powerful, moving and exceptional poetry. Hear readings from the anthology TEN and newly commissioned works performed in the galleries in response to the V&A’s collections.

Dj’s on the night Charlie Dark (Blactronica), Rita Ray (Shrine SynchroSystem & BBC World Service) and Max Reinhardt (Srine SynchroSystem & Late Junction BBC Radio 3).

Attend a Q&A hosted by writer and co-editor of the anthology TEN Bernardine Evaristo MBE. Expand your mind through word and image in one of our creative writing and digital workshops and purchase a signed copy of the anthology TEN. In association with Spread The Word, Bloodaxe Books and  The Books Project.

  • Poetic Journeys Programme (PDF)

 Poetic Journeys Trails:  18:15  Grand Entrance – Get on the poetry trail with Mir Mahfuz Ali, Rowyda Amin, Roger Robinson and Nick Makoha. Listen to newly commissioned work in response to the V&A’s collections and readings from the anthology TEN.

Poetic Journeys Virtual Gallery:  18:30 Digital Studio, Sackler Centre – Create a multicultural gallery filled with your favourite objects from around the museum. Take creative photographs of five objects and spaces. Design a virtual gallery by uploading your images, including poetic words, phrases or messages that best signify your poetic journey, then add it to your Facebook or as a screen saver on your computer. Use your own camera or loan one from the V&A. 

Poetic Licence – writing in the Galleries: Workshop 1 : Examine the book plate image of Two African Gentlemen in London, Job Ben Solomon and William Ansah Sessarakoo, and weave a web of words inspired by these charismatic characters with poet Jan Kofi Tsekpo.

Poetic Licence – writing in the Galleries: Workshop 2:  Explore the Luck of Edenhall, a medieval drinking glass decorated in gold and coloured enamels and be inspired by its embellishments to craft your own poem with poet Shazea Quraishi

The event is in association with Spread The Word, Bloodaxe Books and The Books Project.

DJ sessions are free and on a drop-in basis.
Poetry Trails £5 (includes entry to the Q&A with Bernadine Evaristo MBE)
Workshops £5 each (includes entry to the Q&A with Bernadine Evaristo MBE)

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