Leone Ross at Confessions at the Tower: Condemnation
May
24
7:00 PM19:00

Leone Ross at Confessions at the Tower: Condemnation

Hear from live storytellers as they confess their innermost sins at the Tower of London.

Condemnation is inspired by the story of Anne Boleyn's trial at the Tower of London. The poets will explore how she was condemned to death by the word of men in her life.

This is a 90 minute performance by award-winning poets, beatboxers, essayists and storytellers.

Please note that due to the historic nature of the building there is no disabled access to the venue.

This event is hosted by our Poet in Residence, Inua Ellams

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Penny Pepper at Derby Book Festival
Jun
3
12:30 PM12:30

Penny Pepper at Derby Book Festival

A genre-defying and versatile writer, Penny Pepper’s work is a mixture of the quirky and the lewd, with a focus on examination of difference and identity. Her memoir First in The World Somewhere charts her early years in London as a young, passionate punky poet, singer and disability activist.

Penny regularly appears on Newsnight, Sky News, and the BBC as well as writing for columns for The Guardian. 

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Leone Ross at Jhalak Prize Panel, Derby Book Festival
Jun
9
4:30 PM16:30

Leone Ross at Jhalak Prize Panel, Derby Book Festival

Awarded annually, the Jhalak prize was set up in 2016 to find the best writers of colour in the UK. 2018’s line-up is astonishing in its scope. We’re delighted to be joined by three of their finest long-and short-listed authors: Meena Kandasamy, Xiaolu Guo and Leone Ross, who will be itereviewed by Catherine Johnson, Jhalak Prize judge, to discuss their extraordinary pieces of work and the importance of the prize in today’s writing landscape. 

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Kei Miller at Windrush 70 Poetic Tribute, Nottingham
Jun
22
6:30 PM18:30

Kei Miller at Windrush 70 Poetic Tribute, Nottingham

A poetic celebration to mark 70 years of the Windrush generation.

Featuring one of the Caribbean‘s finest writers, Kei Miller, winner of The Forward Prize 2014 (Best Poetry Collection). Named one of the Next Generation Poets in 2014 and winner of the overall OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature in 2017 for novel Augustown. Kei will be supported by Nottingham‘s Young Poet Laureate, Georgina Wilding, Panya Banjoko, Saraa Rain, Ioney Smallhorne and Fonzse.

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Melanie Abrahams Guest Curates: A Walk of Curiosity & Temptations, Brontë Parsonage Museum
Jun
23
2:00 PM14:00

Melanie Abrahams Guest Curates: A Walk of Curiosity & Temptations, Brontë Parsonage Museum

Join Guest Curator Melanie Abrahams and guest speakers and artists John Agard, Sarala Estruch and Joe Williams on  a walk of Brontë pathways and moorlands, and listen to unfolding narratives, alternative stories and flights of fancy along both well-trodden paths, and lesser known routes. This is a ‘walk of life’, inviting contemplation, reflection, and philosophical musings. Who knows which path you might take? Suitable for those who like walks with swing; for the curious of mind and spirit. The walk will be approx. 1 hour and will be followed by chat, commentary and performances in The Branwell Suite, Old White Lion, Haworth.

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Patience Agbabi Contemporary Women's Writing Festival
Sep
22
7:30 PM19:30

Patience Agbabi Contemporary Women's Writing Festival

The Brontë Society’s 2018 writer in residence, Patience Agbabi, will be reading from the work she has created during her residency at the museum. Patience Agbabi is one of Britain’s most prominent spoken word poets and her electric performances mean that this will be a very special evening not to be missed!

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Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre presents Kei Miller
May
22
12:00 AM00:00

Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre presents Kei Miller

Kei Miller is a poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer, broadcaster and blogger. His many books include the novel Augustown (2016) and poetry collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, which won the Forward Prize (Best Poetry Collection of 2014).

Kei's work challenges the way we think about and perceive the world and its history through vibrant, compelling language and imagery. Come and hear one of the country's most sought-after readers in an event organized by Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre for Think Human Festival.

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Patience Agbabi: This, That and 'The Other', Brontë Parsonage
May
21
2:30 PM14:30

Patience Agbabi: This, That and 'The Other', Brontë Parsonage

Poet and performer Patience Agbabi will present new work created during her time as 2018 Writer in Residence at the Brontë Parsonage Museum this September.  On 28 July she will be joined by other wordsmiths and musicians to respond to themes of the outsider and identity raised in Emily’s writing through readings and performance poetry.

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Patience Agbabi: Brontë 200 - Emily Speaks, Brontë Parsonage
May
21
2:30 PM14:30

Patience Agbabi: Brontë 200 - Emily Speaks, Brontë Parsonage

Join us on Emily’s birthday to hear personal responses to Emily Brontë’s life, poetry and prose. Bidisha, Hannah Lowe and Melanie Abrahams, whose work spans journalism, poetry and oratory, and who share a common interest in social mobilisation through literature, explore Emily’s independence and self-determination in relation to the broader racial, cultural and social histories of the mid-nineteenth century.

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Reflections and Responses: The London Sugar & Slavery Gallery
May
19
9:30 AM09:30

Reflections and Responses: The London Sugar & Slavery Gallery

The Museum of London Docklands London, Sugar & Slavery Gallery

Just after 10 years from the opening of the London, Sugar & Slavery gallery Museum in Docklands, the Museum of London, community leaders and academics who formed the London, Sugar & Slavery Advisory Group invites audiences to join them in reflecting and gathering responses to the gallery.  Over one million people have visited the gallery over the last 10 years. With contributions from artists, museum practitioners, community leaders and groups, researchers and students the day will explore the significance of the gallery and the ways that the histories of black people are explored in national museums and how these museums engage with people of African Caribbean descent nowadays.  With performances, speech and poetry from event supporters Renaissance One and guest artists including Kei Miller, Michael Brome, Jay Bernard (via a video poem), Tobago Crusoe and Melanie Abrahams.

To register your interest in attending, or for further information please contact Melissa Bennett at mbennett@museumoflondon.org.uk.  Admission free via booking; lunch and refreshments will be provided


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Refugee Tales: Patience Agbabi
May
8
7:30 PM19:30

Refugee Tales: Patience Agbabi

Refugee Tales is a literary and cultural project that campaigns for an end to the indefinite detention of migrants.  It promotes solidarity with refugees and detainees through story-telling, lobbying and communal walking.

To be introduced by the co-organiser David Herd (poet, critic and teacher and head of the School of English at Kent University) and featuring readings by celebrated author Patience Agbabi.

Refugee Tales at Christ’s Hospital is a free event to raise awareness and funds for the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group.

BOOK NOW: https://bit.ly/2E1OmwF

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Patience Agbabi at the Bronte Parsonage
Apr
28
7:30 PM19:30

Patience Agbabi at the Bronte Parsonage

The Bronte Parsonage's new writer in residence for 2018 is Patience Agbabi. Patience will read from and perform her work at this launch event which will set the scene for what she plans to explore in 2018.

Tickets £8/£6 concessions, (£2 for 16-25 year olds)

Get your tickets here: https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/518/patience-agbabi/534

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NGC Bocas Literature Festival
Apr
25
to Apr 29

NGC Bocas Literature Festival

  • The Old Fire Station building, National Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Kei Miller judges at NGC Bocas Literature Festival 2018. The festival celebrates books, writting and writers in Trinidad and Tobago and has been named as one of the world's best literary festivals. They also offer major regional writting prizes which provide support for Caribbean writers.

The festival is a lively celebration of books, writers, writing, and ideas, with a Caribbean focus and international scope. It aims to bring together writers and readers from Trinidad and Tobago.

All readings, panels, and performances are free and open to the public.

For more information follow the link: https://bit.ly/2IeJ9UI

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Patience Agbabi at Storytelling for Refuge/ Storytelling as Refuge
Apr
9
to Apr 10

Patience Agbabi at Storytelling for Refuge/ Storytelling as Refuge

Patience Agbabi is the keynote speaker at this year's George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling's Annual Symposium. The symposium will aim to explore an important cross section of themes: storytelling as a means of creating awareness of refugee and migrant issues, as well as its ability to provide moments of refuge in the midst of chaotic events.

The symposium will aim to showcase a range of exciting projects across a wide spectrum of storytelling activity which focuses on the refuge. 

Book tickets here: https://bit.ly/2urhoX6

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Patience Agbabi, Peace & Poetry - Coventry Cathedral
Mar
17
11:00 AM11:00

Patience Agbabi, Peace & Poetry - Coventry Cathedral

An exciting programme of live performances from critically acclaimed poets including Patience Agbabi.

Patience is the author of four collections, R.A.W, Transformatrix, Bloodshot Monochrome, and her latest, Telling Tales (2014). Her poems have appeared on radio and TV around the world.  She has toured with the British Council and independently. 

*All Peace and Poetry activity is included in the price of general admission to the New Cathedral.

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Kei Miller at Cultural Exchanges Festival (De Montfort University)
Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

Kei Miller at Cultural Exchanges Festival (De Montfort University)

An evening of poetry and words by award-winning author Kei Miller who navigates between poetry, novels, essays, short stories and blog forms.  He was named one of the Next Generation Poets in 2014.  Miller's many books include the novel Augustown which won the NGC Bocas Prize for Literature in 2016 and the poetry collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion which won the Forward Prize in 2014. 

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Unify and Progress: Digital Marketing and Social Media
Feb
7
6:00 PM18:00

Unify and Progress: Digital Marketing and Social Media

  • Theatre Royal Stratford East (Hedley Room) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

his session offers an introduction to time saving marketing and social media tips for emerging and mid-career artists.  It will go over the key sections of an effective communications plan and look at the ways you can build strong messages and perceptions. From leveraging the power of Instagram to making use of some key resources to build your profile, the session will help you to gain an understanding of ways that you can build and grow an audience.  As well as covering the hot spots and recent trends, you’ll have opportunity to ask questions and come away with some practical tips to use beyond the session.

The space is fully accessible.  The session will have BSL interpreters. Sessions have been developed for mentoring programme Unify and Progress (UP) which is funded by Arts Council England. UP has been created by Penny Pepper, supported by Kate Lovell & Theatre Royal Stratford East, producer Renaissance One, PR by Laura Horton.

Book at this link Twitter #UPwriters

Disabled and Black and Minority Ethnic applicants are encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented within the literature and arts sectors. 

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Unify and Progress: Disability Equality session
Jan
17
3:00 PM15:00

Unify and Progress: Disability Equality session

Wednesday 17 January: 3pm to 5pm and 6pm to 8pm

These sessions are a brief introduction to Disability Equality and are designed to be of real practical use.  They are for everyone wanting to know more about ways of removing obstacles for disabled and Deaf people and for disabled and Deaf people who are unclear about how to talk about their requirements and the way they work.

We’ll look at the Social Model of Disability, the legal framework (briefly) and aspects of language and terminology.   You’ll have opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues that are important to you as well as be able to come away with practical strategies.  Each session's content is the same - we are offering two to encourage wider participation - so choose your preferred start time, 3pm or 6pm, when booking.  Please note that a BSL interpreter will be present for the session running 6pm to 8pm.

The space is fully accessible.  The sessions have been developed as part of mentoring programme, Unify and Progress (UP). Unify and Progress (UP) has been funded by Arts Council England. UP has been created by Penny Pepper, supported by Kate Lovell & Theatre Royal Stratford East, producer Renaissance One, PR Laura Horton.

Tickets are free, book here   Twitter #UPwriters

Disabled and Black and Minority Ethnic applicants are encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented within the literature and arts sectors.  Each session is the same to encourage wide participation, so choose your preferred time when booking.

 

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Unify and Progress: Open Mics and Performances
Dec
20
6:00 PM18:00

Unify and Progress: Open Mics and Performances

Penny Pepper and Renaissance One present a Unify and Progress (UP) Open Mics and Performances

Journeys in Performing and Spoken Word

6pm to 9pm at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN

This event of open mics and performances follows on from a performance masterclass earlier in the day, which explores the poet and the artist as a performer, and their relationship to their audience.  

It will present poetry, song and performances from Penny Pepper and a range of artists, some of whom will have taken part in the masterclass.

This session has been developed as part of a wider mentoring programme, Unify and Progress (UP). The space is fully accessible. It has been created by Penny Pepper, with support from Kate Lovell and Theatre Royal Stratford East, and production by Renaissance One.

How to apply

If you would like to perform at the open mic please email Renaissance One outlining your performance experiences to date, details of any access requirements you have and confirming that you are available to take part.

Email your request to UP@renaissanceone.co.uk FAO: UP Project Team

Deadline to apply: 5pm on Monday 18 December. We will contact applicants on or before Tuesday 19 December.

Attachments: You are welcome to attach a CV along with your email (max 1 side of A4). Do not submit any additional sheets, or samples of work other than a CV, as these will not be considered. 

Disabled and Black and Minority Ethnic applicants are encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented within the literature and arts sectors.

Additional Information: participants who attend the earlier masterclass at the same venue from 2pm - 4.30pm will be invited to take part, and to perform at the Open Mic. The performance space is fully accessible.

About the Performance Tutor, Sohail Khan: Sohail studied Theatre at Dartington College of Arts, The High School of the Arts Utrecht and acting at the Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. Based in the North of England, he makes performance, live art and theatre for himself and participants from many backgrounds, cultures and settings, and works as a writer, live artist, speaker, and singer.

About the Project’s Creator, Penny Pepper: a versatile writer and poet, Penny Pepper’s current work, a memoir, First in the World Somewhere, charts an extraordinary life in the 80s music scene as a disabled punk. She writes for the Guardian and guests on TV & radio. Penny has developed this new professional development programme, UP: Unify and Progress, to share her experiences and skills and to encourage new opportunities for emerging to mid-career artists.

About the Project Producer Renaissance One: we curate and produce high-quality, convivial and mood-changing literature, spoken word and combined arts experiences for audiences who are often curious and excited about the best in contemporary culture. We support artists to develop income streams and sustainability, and to remain creative. For UP, we will be offering mentoring during the project to artists who would benefit from it.

Penny Pepper's Unify and Progress (UP) is funded by Arts Council England.

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Unify and Progress: Performance Masterclass
Dec
20
2:00 PM14:00

Unify and Progress: Performance Masterclass

Penny Pepper and Renaissance One present a Unify and Progress (UP) Mentoring Masterclasses

Personality and Performance: Journeys in Performing and Spoken Word

Wednesday 20 December 2017 at 2pm – 4.30pm followed by Open Mic performances from 6pm to 9pm

at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN

This masterclass explores the poet and the artist as a performer, and their relationship to their audience.  

It will offer insights and tips on inhabiting a performance role, creating a performance presence, and the use of space, voice and breath in developing a relationship with an audience.

It is suitable for poets as well as artists who use words regularly in their work, who would be interested to explore performance techniques and try out aspects of their abilities as a narrator.

This session has been developed as part of a wider mentoring programme, Unify and Progress (UP). The space is fully accessible. It has been created by Penny Pepper, with support from Kate Lovell and Theatre Royal Stratford East, and production by Renaissance One.

How to apply

The masterclass is offered free of charge to participants, and has been funded by Arts Council England.  An application process is built in to ensure that places go to participants who need them and who can benefit from the skills and resources being offered.

As a facet of taking part in the session, participants will be required to take part in a short survey to assess their mentoring and career development needs, and to complete a brief evaluation following the session.

To apply to attend the masterclass, please email a covering letter of no more than 1 side of A4 outlining your performance experiences to date and why you would like to attend the session, including details of any aspects of performance abilities and skills you are looking to develop, and details of any access requirements you have.

Email your application to UP@renaissanceone.co.uk FAO: UP Project Team

Deadline for applications: 5pm on Wednesday 13 December. Successful applicants will be notified on or before Thursday 14 December 5pm.

Attachments: You are welcome to attach a CV along with your application letter (max 1 side of A4). Do not submit any additional sheets, or samples of work other than a CV, as these will not be considered. 

Disabled and Black and Minority Ethnic applicants are encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented within the literature and arts sectors.

Additional Information: participants will be invited to take part, and to perform at the Open Mic Performance showcase that runs after the workshop from 6pm – 9pm at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. The performance space is fully accessible.

About the Tutor, Sohail Khan: Sohail studied Theatre at Dartington College of Arts, The High School of the Arts Utrecht and acting at the Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. Based in the North of England, he makes performance, live art and theatre for himself and participants from many backgrounds, cultures and settings, and works as a writer, live artist, speaker, and singer.

About the Project’s Creator, Penny Pepper: a versatile writer and poet, Penny Pepper’s current work, a memoir, First in the World Somewhere, charts an extraordinary life in the 80s music scene as a disabled punk. She writes for the Guardian and guests on TV & radio. Penny has developed this new professional development programme, UP: Unify and Progress, to share her experiences and skills and to encourage new opportunities for emerging to mid-career artists.

About the Project Producer Renaissance One: we curate and produce high-quality, convivial and mood-changing literature, spoken word and combined arts experiences for audiences who are often curious and excited about the best in contemporary culture. We support artists to develop income streams and sustainability, and to remain creative. For UP, we will be offering mentoring during the project to artists who would benefit from it.

Penny Pepper's Unify and Progress (UP) is funded by Arts Council England.

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Roll Over Atlantic: John Agard one-person show, plus Tobago Crusoe and Melanie Abrahams
Dec
19
7:30 PM19:30

Roll Over Atlantic: John Agard one-person show, plus Tobago Crusoe and Melanie Abrahams

Tilt & Crosspath Theatre present an evening of Caribbean poetry, calypso and satirical wit. 

Join poet John Agard in a voyage in verse - his new one-person show Roll Over Atlantic - a quirky revisioning of the notorious New World Enterprise of Christopher Columbus. Performed against an evocative soundscape of Atlantic murmurings, with Agard variously taking on the voices of Columbus, The Atlantic Ocean and a chorus of politically conscious mosquitoes. Directed by Mark C. Hewitt and with musical backing by Thomas Arnold, this is a one-person show that mixes the tides of cabaret and calypso with mischievous satirical wit.

The evening features the one-person show by Agard plus calypso and kaiso by famed Calypsonian Tobago Crusoe (Paddington and Paddington 2) and Melanie Abrahams.

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John Agard's Roll Over Atlantic and Shivanee Ramlochan
Dec
18
7:30 PM19:30

John Agard's Roll Over Atlantic and Shivanee Ramlochan

Tilt & Crosspath Theatre present an evening of Caribbean poetry, calypso and satirical wit. 

Join poet John Agard in a voyage in verse - his new one-person show Roll Over Atlantic - a quirky revisioning of the notorious New World Enterprise of Christopher Columbus. Performed against an evocative soundscape of Atlantic murmurings, with Agard variously taking on the voices of Columbus, The Atlantic Ocean and a chorus of politically conscious mosquitoes. Directed by Mark C. Hewitt and with musical backing by Thomas Arnold, this is a one-person show that mixes the tides of cabaret and calypso with mischievous satirical wit. 

Plus a special guest poetry performance by Trinidadian poet and arts reporter Shivanee Ramlochan.  Shivanee's writing explores with the greatest intensity what it is to be human.  Her first poetry collection Everyone Knows I Am A Haunting has been published this year (Peepal Tree) and she is the deputy editor of the Caribbean review of books.

The evening features a book launch of Everyone Knows I Am A Haunting (6pm - 7pm RSVP required, to book a place email hq[at]renaissanceone.co.uk) which is published by Peepal Tree Press (2017).

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We Will Remember Them: London
Dec
9
6:00 PM18:00

We Will Remember Them: London

Nottingham Black Archive (NBA), Professor Sharon Monteith of Nottingham Trent University, Renaissance One and BCA present We Will Remember Them: Raising public awareness of Commonwealth Troops in WWI.  The evening presents Spoken Word, Archives, Visual Art and Photography to commemorate forgotten commonwealth troops and bring to the fore the hidden histories of soldiers from Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia.  The event is part of a touring exhibition to venues and communities in Nottingham, Leicester, Derby and London.   

2018 marks the centenary of WWI, and it is important to remember that Empire troops fought in the most infamous battles of the war, including Ypres and Passchendaele. 

Join us to celebrate at this public event which features original artwork from Barbara Walker and Keith Piper, presentations, unique photographs and talks from Professor Kurt Barling, Panya Banjoko the co-founder of Nottingham Black Archive, a newly commissioned poem and performance by Michael Brome, and calypso and song by Tobago Crusoe (Paddington) and Melanie Abrahams.

Book a place here

The image of the British West Indian Regiment in Egypt WWI is courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.

View the full tour dates at www.nottinghamblackarchive.org 

We Will Remember Them is supported by funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Centre for Hidden Histories, as well as many partners including the host venues, community groups and individuals.

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We Will Remember Them: Derby
Nov
30
6:30 PM18:30

We Will Remember Them: Derby

This exhibition and spoken word event commemorates forgotten commonwealth troops and brings to the fore the hidden histories of soldiers from Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia, as part of an exhibition that is touring to venues and communities in Nottingham, Leicester, Derby and London.   

2018 marks the centenary of WWI, and it is important to remember that Empire troops fought in the most infamous battles of the war, including Ypres and Passchendaele. 

Join us to celebrate at this public event which features original artwork from Barbara Walker and Keith Piper, presentations, unique photographs and talks from Professor Sharon MonteithDr Irfan MalikPanya Banjoko the co-founder of Nottingham Black Archive, a newly commissioned poem and performance by Michael Brome, and hosting by Melanie Abrahams of Renaissance One.  The event is presented in association with Quad.

The image of Indian and Pakistani troops WW1 courtesy Dr Irfan Malik

Book a place here

View the full tour dates at www.nottinghamblackarchive.org 

We Will Remember Them is supported by funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Centre for Hidden Histories, as well as many partners including the host venues, community groups and individuals.

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The Venus Papers at Bloomsbury Theatre
Nov
29
7:30 PM19:30

The Venus Papers at Bloomsbury Theatre

A theatrical poetry show of arrivals, departures, landscapes and journeys, written and performed by Lydia Towsey with live onstage music and vocals by Dave Dhonau and Ola Szmidt and guest poet Lucas Howard. Co-directed by Rachel Mars and Nick Field.

In this new semi-staged poetry and music show, through the filters of an immigration officer, the tabloids and the general public, Venus experiences what it means to be a 21st century woman - traveler, every-woman, immigrant, outsider - at a time of social, cultural and political turmoil and change. 'Absolutely spectacular” Poet in the City

Read a Guardian feature on Lydia Towsey here

Suitable for 14+.  Book tickets here

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Shivanee Ramlochan and Renaissance One at Derby Poetry Festival
Nov
26
7:00 PM19:00

Shivanee Ramlochan and Renaissance One at Derby Poetry Festival

Derby Poetry Festival, She Speaks UK, Renaissance One and The Maypole presents Shivanee Ramlochan as part an evening of woman poets and voices brought to you by She Speaks.

Welcome to a challenging and courageous voice by Trinidadian poet, blogger and journalist Shivanee Ramlochan.  Her writing brings attention to the roles of everyday people, from grandmothers, labourers and dancers, to clerks, policemen and cousins.  She exploreswith the greatest intensity what it is to be human.   Her first poetry collection Everyone Knows I Am A Haunting has been published this year by Peepal Tree Books.

As well as performing regularly she writes about books for the NGC
Bocas Lit Fest, the Anglophone Caribbean's largest literary festival
and she is the deputy editor of the Caribbean Review of Books.

'(Shivanee Ramlochan) invokes gods, goddesses or demons to do what
poetry should do – alarm and ignite us, surprise and blast us and tear
at our heartstrings.' Olive Senior

The event will include a book signing by Ramlochan. Visit the Facebook page here

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The Venus Papers at Attenborough Arts Centre (AAC), Leicester
Nov
23
6:00 PM18:00

The Venus Papers at Attenborough Arts Centre (AAC), Leicester

A theatrical poetry show of arrivals, departures, landscapes and journeys, written and performed by Lydia Towsey with live onstage music and vocals by Dave Dhonau and Ola Szmidt and guest poets and artists Jenny 'Hibword', Cynthia Rodriguez, Mellow Baku and Shruti Chauhan, and a panel discussion following the show featuring local speakers, organisations and artists including Colleen Molloy (City of Sanctuary national office), Ambrose Musiyiwa/Civic Leicester and host Melanie Abrahams. Co-directed by Rachel Mars and Nick Field.

In this new semi-staged poetry and music show, through the filters of an immigration officer, the tabloids and the general public, Venus experiences what it means to be a 21st century woman - traveler, every-woman, immigrant, outsider - at a time of social, cultural and political turmoil and change. The event is part of a national tour funded by Arts Council England, supported by Attenborough Arts and Writing East Midlands and produced by Renaissance One.

Absolutely spectacular” Poet in the City

Suitable for 14+. Information at www.venuspapers.wordpress.com or www.renaissanceone.co.uk

Read a Guardian feature on Lydia Towsey here

 

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We Will Remember Them: Leicester
Nov
22
6:30 PM18:30

We Will Remember Them: Leicester

  • Fielding Johnson Building, University of Leicester (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This exhibition and spoken word event commemorates forgotten commonwealth troops and brings to the fore the hidden histories of soldiers from Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia, as part of an exhibition that is touring to venues and communities in Nottingham, Leicester, Derby and London.   

2018 marks the centenary of WWI, and it is important to remember that Empire troops fought in the most infamous battles of the war, including Ypres and Passchendaele. 

Join us to celebrate at this public event which features original artwork from Barbara Walker and Keith Piper, presentations, unique photographs and talks from Dr Corinne Fowler (co-founder and Director of the Centre for New Writing), Dr Irfan MalikPanya Banjoko the co-founder of Nottingham Black Archive, a newly commissioned poem and performance by Michael Brome, and hosting by Melanie Abrahams of Renaissance One.

The image of Indian and Pakistani troops WW1 courtesy Dr Irfan Malik

View the full tour dates at www.nottinghamblackarchive.org 

We Will Remember Them is supported by funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Centre for Hidden Histories, as well as many partners including the host venues, community groups and individuals.

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Patience Agbabi at Digging Beefheart, The Bluecoat
Nov
11
5:00 PM17:00

Patience Agbabi at Digging Beefheart, The Bluecoat

Doped in Stunned Mirages: A Poetic Celebration of Don Van Vliet

5 - 6.30pm

In this one-off poetry event, thirteen of the UK's most exciting poets have done just that. Each has taken on the challenge of writing a new poem in response to a specific Beefheart album, from Safe as Milk to Ice Cream for Crow. Poets include Patience Agbabi, Vahni Capildeo, Sarah Crewe, Patricia Farrell, Peter Finch, Libby Houston, Tom Jenks, Chris McCabe, Robert Sheppard, Zoë Skoulding, Helen Tookey and Jeff Young.

To find out more and to book click here

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The Venus Papers at Bristol Poetry Festival
Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

The Venus Papers at Bristol Poetry Festival

A theatrical poetry show of arrivals, departures, landscapes and journeys, written and performed by Lydia Towsey with live onstage music and vocals by Dave Dhonau and Ola Szmidt and guest poet Pete The Temp.

Co-directed by Rachel Mars and Nick Field.

In this new semi-staged poetry and music show, through the filters of an immigration officer, the tabloids and the general public, Venus experiences what it means to be a 21st century woman - traveler, every-woman, immigrant, outsider - at a time of social, cultural and political turmoil and change.

Presented by Renaissance One in partnership with Poetry Can for Bristol Poetry Festival.

Absolutely spectacular” Poet in the City

More information at www.venuspapers.wordpress.com or www.renaissanceone.co.uk

Read a Guardian feature on Lydia Towsey here

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How We Feel Now at Humber Mouth
Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

How We Feel Now at Humber Mouth

Kei Miller, Glynis Neslen, Andi Dakin, Cecile Oxaal, David Okwesia, Melanie Abrahams, Cassandra Dalton and Asher Gammon

An exploration of the state of our times and life in Hull by artists, writers and commentators. The event offers a handpicked soundtrack of words, images and music by poets, artists and wordsmiths, and a reading in response to the theme by poet, novelist, essayist and Forward Prize winner Kei Miller. 

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Kei Miller at Shambala
Aug
26
6:00 PM18:00

Kei Miller at Shambala

The title, it’s so current, when we think about all these borders fidgeting and wriggling and changing. It questions our traditional idea of what poetry is because he has such a Jamaican voice and his love of rhythm and performance poetry is evident in his work.
— Cerys Matthews, Judge of the Forward Prize on The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion

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Leone Ross Book Launch: Come Let Us Sing Anyway
Jul
20
6:30 PM18:30

Leone Ross Book Launch: Come Let Us Sing Anyway

Peepal Tree Press and Renaissance One invite you to the London launch of Leone Ross's collection of short stories, Come Let Us Sing Anyway.

With readings by Leone Ross, plus very special guest poets, Patience Abgabi and Karen McCarthy Woolf. 

Space provided for the event courtesy of LIBRARY, a private members club. Non-members can request a day pass, please RSVP to Renaissance One by 3 July at hq[at]renaissanceone.co.uk

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Lancaster Litfest and Renaissance One presents The Venus Papers
Jul
15
7:30 PM19:30

Lancaster Litfest and Renaissance One presents The Venus Papers

A theatrical poetry show of arrivals, departures, landscapes and journeys, written and performed by Lydia Towsey with live onstage music and vocals by Dave Dhonau and Ola Szmidt and guest poets and performers TaffiKev McVeigh, Inés Gregori Labarta and Yvonne Battle-Felton.

Co-directed by Rachel Mars and Nick Field.

In this new semi-staged poetry and music show, through the filters of an immigration officer, the tabloids and the general public, Venus experiences what it means to be a 21st century woman - traveler, every-woman, immigrant, outsider - at a time of social, cultural and political turmoil and change

"One of the new, intriguing voices of her time." Jean 'Binta' Breeze, MBE

Absolutely spectacular” Poet in the City

Suitable for 14+

More information at www.venuspapers.wordpress.comwww.renaissanceone.co.uk

Twitter #VenusPapers  Read more and book tickets at the Lancaster Litfest site here

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The Venus Papers at JW3
Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

The Venus Papers at JW3

The Venus Papers is a theatrical poetry show of arrivals, departures and journeys, written and performed by Lydia Towsey, with music and vocals by Dave Dhonau and Ola Szmidt. Plus performances by guest singer-songwriter Julie Felix and poets Helen Ivory and Dzifa Benson.

Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty has washed up on British shores in time to witness the frenzy and aftermath of the 2017 snap election.  Through the filters of an immigration officer, the media and the general public, Venus experiences what it is to be a 21st century woman - every-woman, immigrant, refugee, outsider - at a time of upheaval and change.

For ages 14+. Part of a national tour funded by Arts Council England.

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The Venus Papers at Wise Words Festival
May
6
7:00 PM19:00

The Venus Papers at Wise Words Festival

The Venus Papers: a theatrical poetry show of arrivals and journeys

Written and performed by Lydia Towsey. Music and vocals by Dave Dhonau and Ola Szmidt

Plus open mic performances by local and regional poets Emrys Plant (host), Safiya Daly and Sarah Holt, who offer personal responses to the show's themes.

The Venus Papers presents tales of 21st century women – every-woman, immigrant, outsider - in times of political and cultural change. "Absolutely spectacular” Poet in the City. Suitable for 14+. Direction: Rachel Mars and Nick Field. Paintings: Scott Bridgwood.  Produced by Renaissance One. Funded by Arts Council England

Read more and book at the Wise Words festival website

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