September 19, 2014

Ilkley Lit Fest 2014

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…
August 28, 2014

Furious Flower 2014

Seeding the Future of African American Poetry The Furious Flower Poetry Center presents its decade-defining conference, September 24–27, 2014, at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Malika Booker, Roger Robinson and myself…
August 27, 2014

Cheltenham Lit Fest

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…
August 22, 2014

Boston Review

African Poets' Sampler: Slapering Hol Press’s Seven New Generation African Poets, a box set of eight chapbooks edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani as part of the Poetry Foundations Poets in…
August 20, 2014

Brent Remembers

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…
July 23, 2014

Late at Tate Britain

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…
July 11, 2014

Literary Crossdressing

Literary Cross-dressing & the Diaspora  #AfricaWrites Join me on  Sunday 13 July, 13:45 – 14:45 at the British Library Conference Centre for a  FREE Panel discussion with poets, performers, playwrights and screenwriters Inua Ellams, Nick…
July 1, 2014

The Spalding Suite

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…
June 11, 2014

Fathers’ Story Week

Fathers' Story Week: is an annual celebration of the power of dads' reading with their children. It will next take place on 9 to 15 June 2014 – the week leading…
June 11, 2014

Biosphere Fest

BIOSPHERE is a new spoken word programme for the Festival of Nature 2014, exploring the role of literature in engaging people with nature, and nature in engaging people with literature.…
June 1, 2014

WW1 workshop

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…
May 28, 2014

Love Bites

Love Bites: Hosted by writer and broadcaster Yasmeen Khan. Hear from key speakers including activist and journalist Laurie Penny; playwright Shelley Silas; theatre maker Nick Makoha; social and cultural anthropologist Jean…
April 24, 2014

African Book Review

The African Book Review met with finalists for The Brunel University African Poetry Prize to discuss their poems, inspirations, and hopes for the future of African Poetry. Here’s our interview with Nick Makoha, a poet…
April 11, 2014


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…
March 3, 2014

Bringing Up Boys

Bringing Up Boys: @Fathersuperhero talking WOWLDN Are there fundamental differences in how we bring up boys and girls and do we have unhelpful preconceived ideas about how children of each gender should behave? Are gender-segregated products…
February 8, 2014

Afro Supa Hero

Special Event: Explore the ‘supa hero and shero’ as cultural protectors, storytellers, mentors and leaders of mythical and alternative lifestyles: archetypes found in exciting and outrageous storylines that are interchangeable…
January 31, 2014

Being A Man Festival

Over this groundbreaking weekend, men of all ages and from many walks of life lead conversations and Q&As on what it means to be a man today. A group of extraordinary…
December 30, 2013

After Eight Lounge

Come and feed your mind and nourish your soul with an evening of poetry and spoken word, hosted by Simon Mole. We are pleased to welcome some of the biggest…
December 27, 2013

Diaspora Writes Back

Poetry evening featuring acclaimed poets Warsan Shire, Nick Makoha, Nii Ayikwei Parkes and Leeto Thale. Introduced and moderated by Bernardine Evaristo MBE (Anglo-Nigerian novelist and founder of the Brunel University…