REMEMBERING DAVID OLUWALE:  50TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS IN LEEDS
Apr
17
to Apr 21

REMEMBERING DAVID OLUWALE: 50TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS IN LEEDS

Arts for Social Justice

 Featuring

Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jackie Kay, Caryl Phillips, Rasheed Araeen, Dr Emily Zobel Marshall, Ian Duhig, Juwon Ogungbe, Corinne Silva, Zaffar Kunial, Sai Murray, Moji Kareem’s Utopia Theatre, Joe Williams and more

#RememberOluwale Patron: Professor Caryl Phillips

 17th - 29th April 2019

The 50th anniversary of the death of David Oluwale is marked on the 18th of April 2019

 To commemorate his death the #RememberOluwale charity has organised an impressive series of events led by some of the UK's most exciting artists, writers, poets and musicians, including Jackie Kay, Caryl Phillips, Rasheed Araeen, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Juwon Ogungbe and Moji Kareem's Utopia Theatre.

David Oluwale was a British-Nigerian who died in tragic circumstances in Leeds in 1969.

The David Oluwale Memorial Association (DOMA) was founded in 2012 to ensure Leeds does not forget David’s story. Using the arts, it campaigns for social inclusion, hospitality and tolerance in the city. These memorial events provide an opportunity for the whole city to come together to reflect on David's life, through performances, guided walks, music, and film.

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Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

Three films for #DavidOluwale50th

We will show three short films for David Oluwale, followed by a Q&A with the directors. 

+ Wandering Abroad (director Corinne Silva, 10 mins). This film uses the River Aire as the setting for interviews with Arthur France MBE (who organised the 1971 protests at David's killing), Abiye Hector-Goma (Nigeria Community Leeds) and David’s friend Gabriel Adams. Commissioned by Leeds City Art Gallery.
+ We Are All Migrants (director Rowenna Baldwin, 25 mins), which tells David's story and includes King David Oluwale and his Migrant Masqueraders at Leeds carnival in 2017. See the trailer here https://vimeo.com/313062504 Commissioned by Harrison Bundey Mama Dread Masqueraders carnival troupe.
+ Empathy (dir Harry Sullivan), with Ogun Arts poets performing live at the screening their thoughts on David Oluwale; 3 mins). 

There will be a Q&A with the directors after the screening. 

This is a "pay as you feel" event (please make a donation if you can) but you must book a ticket so we don't overfill the venue.

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NHS and Me Performance
Apr
27
5:30 PM17:30

NHS and Me Performance

Birmingham based The Red Earth Collective presents:

Stereo Hype 2019 a one-day festival celebrating the mental health and well-being of African and Caribbean communities

Renaissance One presents a brand new-show written by internationally renowned Jamaican poet Jean Binta Breeze, featuring music, and spoken-word performances to celebrate 70 years of the NHS and the everyday and hidden stories of its Caribbean staff.

 £7.00 - £10.00

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Nottingham Poetry Festival presents: God Save the Teen written and performed by Andrew Graves
May
3
7:00 PM19:00

Nottingham Poetry Festival presents: God Save the Teen written and performed by Andrew Graves

A troubled teenage son and his aloof single father pick their way through a bitterly indifferent relationship in a funny and moving coming of age show about growing up and getting it wrong. Ex-youth worker and poet Andrew Graves relates a drama of gob-smackingly embarrassing first dates, imagined rock-n-roll supermarkets, divorce, disillusion and working class rebellion. Expect disappearing goths, sadistic PE teachers and a search for the truth and somewhere to belong. Whether a teen or not everyone will relate to this honest and nostalgic prayer to that joyously painful, pimple-faced period in our lives where everything and nothing seems possible; where you can be earnest, awkward, beautiful and ridiculous all at the same time.

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Waterstones presents - An Afternoon with Patience Agbabi! With Nottingham Poetry Festival
May
4
3:00 PM15:00

Waterstones presents - An Afternoon with Patience Agbabi! With Nottingham Poetry Festival

Join Nottingham Waterstones in the Sillitoe room for an afternoon of incredible poetry, as they have the great privilege to present Patience Agbabi as part of the Nottingham Poetry Festival.


Patience Agbabi is a poet much celebrated for paying equal homage to literature and performance. Born in London to Nigerian parents and fostered in a white English family in North Wales, her work moves fluidly and nimbly between cultures, dialects, voices; between page and stage. After reading English at Pembroke College, Oxford, she completed an MA in Creative Writing at Sussex University.

A self-proclaimed ‘poetical activist’, Agbabi says she wrote her first largely autobiographical book, R.A.W., to right the wrongs of the world. Steeped in the plights of Thatcherite Britain, frenetic, furious and formally adventurous, the book won the 1997 Excelle literary award.

Her work is musical in every sense, attuned as much to the punning and political immediacy of the rhythms of rap and dub, as it is to traditional forms like the sonnet, sestina and Chaucer’s rime royale.

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That's What She Said presents Penny Pepper
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

That's What She Said presents Penny Pepper

£8 / £5 concessions

That's What She Said is "feminism at its ruthless best." - (Blouinart), "the biggest spoken word night in London for women" (Evening Standard) and was shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Night in the UK (Saboteur Awards).

Expect fierce, fabulous, feminist spoken word, hosted by DIY punk poet, Bridget Hart. As always, we'll be showcasing the best new writing and performance by womxn and non-binary writers, featuring iconic and emerging authors with a mix of performance, poetry, storytelling, slam and more.

*VENUE CHANGE: We will be ROUGH TRADE BRISTOL, BS1 2QD for this event!


LINE-UP FOR TUESDAY 14th MAY

PENNY PEPPER

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. She wrote the taboo-breaking book Desires Reborn in 2012 and in 2013 she won a Creative Futures Literary Award.

In September 2014 her one-woman spoken word show, Lost in Spaces, premiered to strong reviews at Soho Theatre and is due to tour in Autumn 2015. As a performance poet, she has performed over the UK, including London, Edinburgh and further afield in New York.

Besides recent guest slots on Newsnight, Sky News, BBC Radio5Live Hitlist, and columns for The Guardian, she is busy working on a memoir of her first years in London as a young, passionate punky poet, singer and disability activist.

http://www.pennypepper.co.uk

@penpep


GRACE COHEN

Grace Cohen is a performance poet, perpetual student, and chronic over-sharer. Originally from Bristol, she has performed in festivals, bars, and bedrooms around the United Kingdom, winning the annual WOMAD festival slam, and representing Bristol in the Hammer and Tongue Slam national final at The Royal Albert Hall. She is currently working towards her MA in English Literature at Goldsmiths College, London. Calling This Body Home is Grace's debut collection, out May 2019 with Burning Eye Books.

@gracecohen


SHAGUFTA K. IQBAL

An award-winning artist and poet who uses arts to reach out and engage with audiences who feel their experiences are not reflected within traditional and mainstream arts. Described by Gal Dem (a vibrant zine for young women of colour) as a poet whose work ‘leaves you validated but aching – her narratives are important, heart-wrenching and relatable.’ Her poetry collection Jam Is For Girls, Girls Get Jam published with Burning Eye Books, has been recommended by Nikesh Shukla (editor of the 2016 best-selling ‘The Good Immigrant’) as ‘a social political masterclass in its exploration of cities, cultures, race, food and family’.

@shaguftakiqbal

http://shaguftaiqbal.com


KAT LYONS

Kat is a Bristol-based poet and performance storyteller. She brings her storytelling experience to her poetry and mixes serious subjects with a light touch, exploring themes as diverse as mass extinction, ageing, the #metoo movement, and grief-induced bad haircuts.

Kat won the 2017 Bristol Storyfest Story Slam, was a regional finalist in the 2018 Hammer and Tongue slam and won both the 2019 Milk Poetry Superslam and the 2019 Lyra: Bristol Poetry Festival Slam. She was once paid to ride around Bath harassing the public from the back of an electric stegosaurus. This remains the highlight of her career.

Kat sees spoken word performance as the original DIY entertainment, and believe it has the power to engage all ages and demographics in creatively interpreting their experiences. She believes that poetry is relevant to everyone, and that everyone has a story to tell, and a voice worth hearing.

@wordsandweeds





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Kei Miller, Vahni Capildeo and guest Jay Bernard for the Arvon Foundation.
Jun
3
to Jun 8

Kei Miller, Vahni Capildeo and guest Jay Bernard for the Arvon Foundation.

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Kei Miller and Vahni Capildeo are joined by guest tutor Jay Bernard in this extraordinary residential learning experience.

Join three of the most exemplary poetic and literary minds in what is described as “a practical adventure in ‘intersemiotic translation.’” This is a transformative and exploratory course focusing on the development of ideas and imagination, prompted by a range of writers and artists, and ultimately by participants themselves.

For further information, and to book follow the link below:


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Poetry & Music: Songs and Proverbs of William Blake
Jun
18
3:00 PM15:00

Poetry & Music: Songs and Proverbs of William Blake

Patience Agbabi once again brings new insight to classic works, now focusing on the Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, Agbabi joins broadcaster and performer Kate Kennedy at Snape Maltings, Suffolk to discuss these influential works. Baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Andrew West perform Britten’s Blake cycles, exemplifying his musical prowess, and the power of song and poetry.

Composed in 1965, Britten’s Blake settings are amongst his most intense and interwoven cycles, featuring texts from the wrenching Songs of Experience, and the revolutionary Proverbs of Hell. Evocative and striking, Britten’s cycles explore the tension in Blake’s words, whilst Agbabi’s brilliant literary mind explores the works themselves.

Tickets range from £5 to £18, and are available via the booking link below, this event is part of the Aldeburgh Festival.


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Linton Kwesi Johnson: conversation and reading for #DavidOluwale50th.
Apr
20
2:30 PM14:30

Linton Kwesi Johnson: conversation and reading for #DavidOluwale50th.

The internationally famous poet and activist Linton Kwesi Johnson (above, left) will be in conversation with Dr Emily Zobel Marshall, and he will read his poetry, including those he wrote in the 1970s referencing David Oluwale. Linton was one of the first British artists to create work that reflected on the killing of David Oluwale, in two memorable poems: Night of the Head (1975), Time Come (1979). Time Come appeared on his Forces of Victory album and can be heard here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chIHgTqX3Dk, with the Dennis Bovell band. Linton was an active member of the London Black Panthers and then the Race Today Collective. His poetry often responds to black people's experience worldwide, offering a fierce critique of oppression by race, class or gender. He has 18 albums to his credit. He is only the second living poet to have a volume in the Penguin Modern Classics series. More on LKJ here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linton_Kwesi_Johnson#Awards_and_honours 

Linton will be in conversation with Dr Emily Zobel Marshall, of Leeds Beckett University's School of Cultural Studies, where she teaches Linton's poems on the BA English course. More on Emily here https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/dr-emily-zobel-marshall/

Please book your ticket now: £6.98. This is a paid event, but there will be 50 "pay as you feel" tickets on the door.

Photo: L-R: Linton Kwesi Johnson, Arthur France MBE (member of the original RememberOluwale committee) and Caryl Phillips (Patron of RememberOluwale), at the Oluwale Now! event at Leeds ouniversity organised by Prof Andrew Warnes, 26.2.19. © Max Farrar.

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Walking David Oluwale's Leeds with Joe Williams
Apr
19
5:00 PM17:00

Walking David Oluwale's Leeds with Joe Williams

Historian, writer, actor Joe Williams (Heritage Corner) will lead us on a walk around the centre of Leeds visiting some of the places where David Oluwale made his life. From 1949-53 he worked in the city and he spent time with his friends at the King Edward Hotel and the Mecca Ballroom. We will visit these sites (now transformed) where he enjoyed himself. After years in Menston/High Royds psychiatric hospital he slept rough in various locations (including John Peters Store in Lands Lane, which now includes, ironically, Easy Hotel) and we will visit them too. Musician Juwon Ogungbe will accompany us. After the walk, there will be an informal discussion at The Leeds Library. This is a free event but we ask you to register (making a donation if you wish) so that we can control the numbers (limited to 30).

#DavidOluwale50th

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Gathering at David's graveside for #DavidOluwale50th
Apr
18
10:00 AM10:00

Gathering at David's graveside for #DavidOluwale50th

  • Killingbeck Cemetery, York Road Leeds, LS14 6AB United Kingdom (map)
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We invite you to join with us at his graveside in remembering David Oluwale's life and tragic death, exactly 50 years ago on this date. A coach has been booked for those who don't have their own transport.

David Oluwale was last seen in the early hours of 18th April 1969. His body was found at Knowstrop Weir, in the River Aire, on 4th May. He was placed in a pauper's grave in Killingbeck Cemetry shorlty afterwards. Exactly 50 years after his death, we will gather at his graveside in his memory. There will be gospel songs from members of Nigeria Community Leeds. Their President, Victoria Ajayi, will speak. So will Arthur France, chair of the Leeds West Indian Centre. The #RememberOluwale chair, The Rt Hon John Battle, will say a few words. The musician Juwon Ogungbe will play West Afircan tunes. We hope other singers and poets will be with us.

We urge everyone who can make the time to join us in sorrow and indignation at this solemn and joyful assembly. We want to remind the world that this man's life is valued and his cruel death is protested, while we pledge that we will work tirelessly with all those who are making Leeds a hospitable city that welcomes, values and cares for everyone, whatever their origin or status.

If you would like a place on the coach, please book your ticket on the link below. It will leave the carpark of Leeds Playhouse (opposite the bus station) at 9.30 promptly. Others are invited to make their own way to the grave in Killingbeck cemetry. The grave is to the left of the Chapel of Rest.

This is one of a series of events tagged #DavidOluwale50th commemorating his death and using the arts to campaigni for full social inclusion and compassion in Leeds.

[Was David killed by two Leeds policemen? We believe David Condon, the witness who said in Leeds Crown court in 1971 that he saw, in the early morning on his way to work, someone who looked like David being pursued by two men in police uniform along The Calls, close to Leeds Bridge and the River Aire. Only two officers, Inspector Ellerker and Sergeant Kitching, among almost 1,000 in the Leeds police force, were unable to account for where they were at that time. Ellerker and Kitching were jailed for persistently assaulting David as he slept rough in the city centre, including on the night of 18th April. But they were acquitted of his manslaughter, because the judge said Condon's evidence wasn't reliable.]

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Jackie Kay, Zaffar Kunial, Ian Duhig: Poems for #DavidOluwale50th
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Jackie Kay, Zaffar Kunial, Ian Duhig: Poems for #DavidOluwale50th

The acclaimed writer #JackieKay will read her poems to commemorate fifty years since David Oluwale was hounded to his death in the River Aire in Leeds (on 18th April 1969). Performing with her will be #ZaffarKunial and #IanDuhig, poets who have been short-listed for the TS Elliott prize. David Oluwale was a British-Nigerian who migrated to England in 1949. Most of his difficult adult life was spent in Leeds. #DavidOluwale's story reminds us of the intersection of racism, mental-ill health, homelessness, destitution and police malpractice. The #RememberOluwale charity helps to build Leeds as a city of inclusion and hospitality, where everyone is welcome and cared for, whatever their colour or social status. This poetry event will inspire that hopeful campaign. Please note that there are tickets reserved for people on low incomes who are welcome to attend and make a 'pay as you feel' donation.
Tickets: £8.58

by David Oluwale Memorial Association

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Extraordinary Times Call for Extraordinary Women
Mar
25
7:00 PM19:00

Extraordinary Times Call for Extraordinary Women

Elif Shafak in conversation with Patience Agbabi, Charlotte Higgins, and Evie Wyld

19:00 - 20:00 
£10 / £7

Presented by the National Centre for Writing and British Council

Great writing knows no borders: novelist and activist Elif Shafak recently revealed her selection of 10 of the finest UK women writers working today. Three of her choices will join her this evening to discuss their work, and writing by women across the world.

Patience Agbabi is performer and poet. She tirelessly innovates a new relationship between the classics and the contemporary. In doing so she shows us the power of words whether they are written on the page or spoken in performance.

Charlotte Higgins is an author and journalist with magic in her pen. From ancient subjects she conjures living text: vast conversations about who we are today and why the stories we tell really matter.

A bold, often spectacular wordsmith, Evie Wyld’s restless characters are matched only by the rugged landscapes and untameable wildlife around them.

This event is presented by the National Centre for Writing and British Council as part of the International Literature Showcase with the support of Arts Council England. With thanks to associate partners English PEN and Women of the World Foundation.

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God Save the Teen at The Leeds Library Salon
Mar
9
6:30 PM18:30

God Save the Teen at The Leeds Library Salon

A show on growing up and getting it wrong

In this hilarious yet heartfelt Saboteur Shortlisted Show, poet Andrew Graves recounts his past life as a council youth worker, offering tales of drugs, parental break ups, starry eyed punks and disappearing Goths. Incorporating spoken word and politics that casts a spotlight on the closure of youth services and the diminishing aspects of social provision for young people, the show includes guest performances, and a poetry set exploring independence, justice and motherhood by the acclaimed Chérie Taylor-Battiste, based on her new book Lioness (Valley Press, 2019) written after the loss of her adoptive mother.

Open Mic Callout to budding poets and singers:

The show will be preceded by a series of open mics sets. If you are a budding poet, singer or musician aged 15 – 26 years who would be keen to perform work on a theme of social justice, email a short paragraph of what you would like to present and why you are interested in performing to Renaissance One at hq@renaissanceone.co.uk

This event is part of The Leeds Library Salon:‘Social Justice’ . For tickets and information about the whole event please click the link below.

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The Leeds Library Salon: On Social Justice
Mar
9
6:30 PM18:30

The Leeds Library Salon: On Social Justice

This salon explores the theme of social justice from the perspectives of race, young people, mental health, and class. Through a range of formats - talks, performances, in-conversation, a one-person show and open discussion we invite you to join in and contribute.

Colin Grant, Dawn Cameron, Andrew Graves, Chérie Taylor-Battiste, Melanie Abrahams (Chair), David Oluwale Memorial Association (DOMA).

PART I: I’M BLACK SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE

Colin Grant focuses on his books Bageye at the Wheel and his upcoming Homecoming to explore the degree to which writers of colour feel obliged/determined to write about black life. With special guest Dawn Cameron.

 

PART II: GOD SAVE THE TEEN

A show on growing up and getting it wrong

In this hilarious yet heartfelt Saboteur Shortlisted Show, poet Andrew Graves recounts his past life as a council youth worker, offering tales of drugs, parental break ups, starry eyed punks and disappearing Goths. Incorporating spoken word and politics that casts a spotlight on the closure of youth services and the diminishing aspects of social provision for young people, the show includes guest performances, and a poetry set exploring independence, justice and motherhood by the acclaimed Chérie Taylor-Battiste, based on her new book Lioness (Valley Press, 2019) written after the loss of her adoptive mother.

Open Mic Callout to budding poets and singers:

The show will be preceded by a series of open mics sets. If you are a budding poet, singer or musician aged 15 – 26 years who would be keen to perform work on a theme of social justice, email a short paragraph of what you would like to present and why you are interested in performing to Renaissance One at hq@renaissanceone.co.uk

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NewVIc Poetry Night with Penny Pepper and guests
Mar
7
7:30 PM19:30

NewVIc Poetry Night with Penny Pepper and guests

As part of the Newham Word Festival, NewVIc opens its doors to the community in a night that celebrates words: spoken, imagined, manipulated, devised and written!

Come along to enjoy a free event where you can enjoy thought-provoking poetry and cypher from highly regarded poets and artists featuring special guests, Penny Pepper and Theresa Lola.

Penny is an acclaimed author, performer and activist. Her debut poetry collection Come Home Alive, was published by Burning Eye Books in September 2018.

This event will also feature a performance by Full Circle: Newham’s Community Opera. The performance has been developed by Newham Music through a series of spoken word narration workshops with Counterpoint Arts.

The programme is as follows:

5pm – Interactive presentations of word and music

5.30pm – Performance from Theresa Lola, local poets, NewVic staff and students

6pm – Full Circle: Newham’s Community Opera

6.30pm – Penny Pepper

How to Attend

To attend this event please book your place below.

Please arrive ten minutes before the event is due to start.

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Family Matters Anthology Book launch featuring Andrew Graves
Mar
2
5:30 PM17:30

Family Matters Anthology Book launch featuring Andrew Graves

Renaissance One and Fiona Linday would like to invite you to join the audience for the Family Matters anthology launch.

The book is published by Dahlia Publishing courtesy of support from Arts Council England’s GFTA, Lottery funding.

This event takes place at the Attenborough Arts Centre on Saturday, March 2nd at 6:30. You are most welcome to come along for a couple of hours to listen to poems and stories written by the learners included in the collection.

She will host the evening with readings from collaborating Renaissance One’s Andrew Graves, plus a few other special guest writers.

There will be an author Q & A session from 5.30pm- 6pm with Andrew Graves and Fiona Linday.

This will take place before the book launch for those curious about their writing process

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WORD! International Women's Day Special with Penny Pepper
Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

WORD! International Women's Day Special with Penny Pepper

£7 full / £4 concession

Penny Pepper (aka The Naked Punk) wows us in her thought provoking performance created especially for International Women’s Day.

Penny Pepper

is an acclaimed author, performer and activist. A versatile, witty and candid writer she performs across the UK and overseas. Penny’s debut poetry collection Come Home Alive, was published by Burning Eye Books, September 2018. Its racy cover was immediately banned on Facebook! The collection is available in all bookshops. Penny’s recent memoir, First in the World Somewhere charts her punky coming of age and creative journey in the Thatcher years and beyond. First in the World Somewhere is published in hardback by Unbound and launched at The Royal Festival Hall. The actor/activist Liz Carr praised its wit and candour when she chose it as her personal pick on Radio 4’s ‘A Good Read’ in October 2018. Penny also guests regularly as a columnist for The Guardian, The Huffington Post and other titles and appears on TV & Radio.

About WORD!

WORD! is a registered voluntary organisation, operating the longest running poetry and spoken word night in the Midlands, nominated as one of the top five spoken word nights in the UK, in 2017. As of May 31st 2018 our main WORD! event will take place at Attenborough Arts Centre on the last Thursday of each month.

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Charnwood Arts Presents Mark Gwynne Jones & PsychicBread at Fearon Hall
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

Charnwood Arts Presents Mark Gwynne Jones & PsychicBread at Fearon Hall

  • Rectory Road Loughborough, England, LE11 1PL United Kingdom (map)
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Renaissance One are pleased to support our represented artist, Mark Gwynne who will be performing at Fearon Hall alongside PsychicBread. This event is presented to you by Charnwood Arts.

"Full Circle" - Charnwood Arts returns to Fearon Hall and welcomes you to:
"Mark Gwynne Jones & PsychicBread at Fearon Hall"


Saturday 23rd February 2019.
Fearon Hall, Rectory Rd, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1PL.
Doors 19.30, tickets are FREE via Eventbrite.
On the door donations to Charnwood Arts will be most appreciated!
There will be a buffet and a fully licenced bar.

Programme will start around 20:00 with support from local artists (TBC)

21:00 - PsychicBread show

Join Mark Gwynne Jones & PsychicBread - with poems and songs of the big bang, floating sheep, a meeting with the Devil, and a girl called Amaryllis, PsychicBread are set to delight audiences with an all new show. Winners of 4 festival fringe awards, their performance is by turns dramatic, funny and sometimes startlingly sensitive.

‘Billed as Spoken Word, this underplays the complexity of Mark’s unique genre. His stories are imaginatively enhanced by an evocative sound-track created by the music, percussion, and vocals of PsychicBread and the effect is spell-binding. Overall, this is a very rewarding, exotic experience, not to be missed.’ Sarah Jones (Oxford Fringe)

‘My problem now is to review a performance that is quite indescribable in a way that can convey the fun, ferocity and flight of fancy that was Mark Gwynne Jones and PsychicBread. …the evening swung the audience round in dizzying circles that made you laugh, pause for thought then laugh again. You never quite knew what was coming next, what was true story or fantasy… and what sound would emerge from PsychicBread’s next configuration of instruments to explode over the audience like wild and exciting fireworks.’ Caroline Frith 

‘I’ll be the first to concede that this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. It wasn’t mine, to start with. But by the end of the evening I was absorbed completely and could quite happily have listened for several more hours. So I guess it is my sort of thing, and I can’t imagine I’m going to see it done any better.’ Nick Butterley (Buxton Fringe)

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God Save the Teen by Andrew Graves at Bloomsbury Theatre
Feb
9
7:30 PM19:30

God Save the Teen by Andrew Graves at Bloomsbury Theatre

Tickets:

£8/6 (concessions)

Andrew says, “I believe the show’s themes, which highlight many forms of social injustice and issues relating to families and young people, particularly those from working class and disadvantaged backgrounds, will resonate strongly with modern audiences. Each performance, where possible, will also be accompanied by workshops and mentoring, specifically aimed at younger people.”

Since 2012, the UK has closed around 600 Youth Centres, lost 3,650 Youth Workers and axed 139,000 youth placements. As an ex-youth worker, Andrew was inspired to write and perform God Save the Teen to raise awareness of these issues.

Andrew Graves was shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Show 2016 in the Saboteur Awards. He regularly performs his work throughout the UK and has been featured on TV and radio programmes such as 6 Music’s Cerys Matthew Show and BBC4 documentary Evidently John Cooper Clarke.

He has performed alongside Henry Normal, John Hegley and Sleaford Mods. Lauded by the likes of comic book legend Alan Moore, Andrew has often been cited as the hardest working poet in the East Midlands.

God Save the Teen is directed by Jennifer Tang and produced by Renaissance One. Music is by Ben McElroy.

Open Mic Callout to budding poets and singers

The show will be preceded by a series of open mics sets. If you are a budding poet, singer or musician aged 14 – 26 years who would be keen to perform work on a theme of social justice, email a short paragraph of what you would like to present and why you are interested in performing to Renaissance One at hq@renaissanceone.co.uk

£8/£6 (concessions)

Book Tickets HERE

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God Save the Teen: Free writing and performance workshop for 14- to 25-year-olds  with Andrew Graves
Feb
9
3:30 PM15:30

God Save the Teen: Free writing and performance workshop for 14- to 25-year-olds with Andrew Graves

WHAT?

Join ex-youth worker, now full-time poet, Andrew Graves as he delivers a workshop on writing and performance.  Using his experiences of growing up in an old mining town and as a creative practitioner and mentor for over fifteen years, he will offer guidance, tips and motivational insights ion writing, performance and using your voice and your abilities to express and explore your creativity. Later on you can perform in the Open Mics as part of his  God Save the Teen show (show starts at 7.30pm).

WHO?

The workshop is aimed at 14- to 25-year-olds who are curious about writing and performance! No previous experience necessary.

HOW?

To sign up, email Rochelle at hq@renaissanceone.co.uk with a short paragraph explaining why you’d like to attend.

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Andrew Graves in God Save the Teen at Cleethorpes Library
Feb
2
7:30 PM19:30

Andrew Graves in God Save the Teen at Cleethorpes Library

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Andrew Graves brings his bitter-sweet one man poetry show to Cleethorpes Library. God Save the Teen examines the pain of growing up and the challenge of difficult relationships. With support from the Emerging Voices writing group the evening promises to be bursting with ideas, talent and much to talk about. Tickets available from Cleethorpes Library.

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John Agard & Crosspath Theatre Co. Present: Pushkin’s Half Hour - Wigmore Library
Dec
18
8:00 PM20:00

John Agard & Crosspath Theatre Co. Present: Pushkin’s Half Hour - Wigmore Library

Caribbean-British poet John Agard retells the story of Eugene Onegin in this theatrical whirlwind homage to mixed race Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin. An entertaining romp with live music and song in which Agard plays all the parts, not just the narrator Pushkin and his alter ego Onegin, but love interest Tatyana and the nursemaid, Filipevna.

You can buy a season ticket for all six evening Wigmore Lectures at Wigmore Library for £20. Individual lectures are priced at £4 each, with the Christmas lecture priced at £5 including seasonal refreshments.

Tickets are available in advance by credit card, cheque or cash from the library where the lectures are happening.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

The series is presented by Medway Council’s Arts Development Team in collaboration with Medway Libraries.

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The Leeds Library Salon: On Equality -SOLD OUT
Dec
14
6:00 PM18:00

The Leeds Library Salon: On Equality -SOLD OUT

Leeds Library Salon offers an evening of talks, performances, mini-lectures, and conviviality curated by Renaissance One and co-produced in partnership between The Leeds Library and Renaissance One. Doors 6pm, Event 6.30pm – 8pm

Our December session features Gary YoungeKerry Young and Chaired by Amber Lascelles, University of Leeds.

Gary Younge is an award-winning journalist for the Guardian and The Nation magazine in the US. He is the author of the groundbreaking book Another Day In The Death of America which is a searing and sobering portrait of youth, guns and the effects of gun crime in contemporary America. It was shortlisted for The Orwell Prize 2017 for political writing and has won two prizes in the US. His previous books are The SpeechWho Are We?, Stranger in a Strange Land and No Place Like Home. In 2009 he won the prestigious James Cameron award for his coverage of the Obama election and the “combined moral vision and professional integrity” of his work.

Kerry Young is a British novelist born in Kingston, Jamaica, to a Chinese father and mother of mixed Chinese-African heritage. She is the author of three novels, Pao, Gloria and Show Me a Mountain and her writing has been nominated for the Costa First Novel and Commonwealth Book Prize. She is a Fellow on the Royal Literary Fund Fellowship Programme. She teaches creative writing as an Honorary Assistant Professor in the School of English at The University of Nottingham, and is an Honorary Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Leicester. 

Tickets £5

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God Save the Teen at Bloomsbury Theatre
Dec
11
7:30 PM19:30

God Save the Teen at Bloomsbury Theatre

A funny and moving coming of age show about growing up and getting it wrong.   

A poet and former youth worker Andrew Graves relates a drama of gob-smackingly embarrassing first dates, imagined rock-n-roll supermarkets, divorce, disillusion and working class rebel.  Expect disappearing goths, sadistic PE teachers and a search for the truth and somewhere to belong.
Whether a teen or not, everyone will relate to this honest and nostalgic prayer to that joyously painful, pimple-faced period in our lives where everything and nothing seems possible; where you can be earnest, awkward, beautiful and ridiculous all at the same time.

With live performance by musician Benjamin McElroy. 

Directed by Jennifer Tang, produced by Renaissance One and funded by Arts Council England. 

OFFER! Buy as part of a double bill with Tilt’s Martin Figura: Doctor Zeeman's Catastrophe Machine and see both shows for £12.00 (£10.00 concessions)

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Representing Kingston
Nov
17
5:00 PM17:00

Representing Kingston

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On Saturday 17 November 2018, poet, novelist and broadcaster Kei Miller, and novelist and short story writer Kerry Young, will read from and talk about their fiction.

The readings and discussion will focus on Miller’s Augustown (2016) and Young’s Pao (2011, the first in a trilogy), two novels which convey Jamaica’s past and present through their portrayal of particular Kingston neighbourhoods. Challenging perceptions of inner-city Kingston as a criminogenic ghetto, these novels foreground the city’s multiple identities and histories.

This is a free event open to everyone but booking is required. To book email Dr Lucy Evans at The University of Leicester on lae9@leicester.ac.uk

This event is organised in collaboration with The University of Leicester as part of an AHRC-funded research network ‘Dons, Yardies and Posses: Representations of Jamaican Organised Crime’, and supported by the School of Arts as part of the School’s annual Literary Leicester festival. (View the Literary Leicester Facebook page for current Literary Leicester news).

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Colonial Countryside Children's Conference
Nov
16
10:30 AM10:30

Colonial Countryside Children's Conference

The first instalment of the Colonial Countryside’s Children’s Conference. 40 of the 100 primary school participants will share their findings, research and reflections of the Colonial Countryside project so far. They will be joined by writers, academics and project leads to offer a day of debate and sharing.

The children's conference is part of the free Literary Leicester festival.

What is the Colonial Country side project?

Colonial Countryside is a child-led writing and history project about National Trust houses’ Caribbean and East India Company connections. Steered by a child advisory board, this five year project assembles authors, historians and primary pupils to commission, resource and publish new writing. After successfully acquiring funding, Peepal Tree Press are looking to commission 10 authors to write about each participating house (see below). The commissioned work will be published in an illustrated “coffee table” style book containing the ten creative commissions accompanied by accessible historical commentaries written by experts in the field. Commissioned writers will give inaugural readings and appear at literary festivals and black history events nationwide.

The National Trust has over 5 million members and the commissioned writing will have a large readership. These 10 high-profile commissions are also designed to stimulate a new wave of writing about this topic. In order to resource this, the Colonial Countryside project will create a writers’ resource website, delivered by the historical team, and a massive online open course (MOOC), co-produced by children and historians. In a unique addition to the project, one hundred primary children will visit 10 National Trust properties and craft new writing, presenting it to live, print and digital audiences. They will present their work at a conference during the Literary Leicester festival in November 2018. The majority of children are of Caribbean or South Asian heritage and this project will encourage them to think of themselves as public figures who will reshape the national narrative and make this history widely known.

The participating country houses are:

1. Attingham Park, near Shrewsbury.
2. Basildon Park, near Reading.
3. Buckland Abbey, Devonshire. 
4. Calke Abbey, Derbyshire. 
5. Charlecote Park, Warwickshire.
6. Osterley Park, West London.
7. Sudbury Hall, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
8. Wightwick Manor near Wolverhampton.
9. Penrhyn Castle, Gynedd, Wales.
10. Dyrham Park, near Bristol.

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Leeds Library Salon: On Creativity
Oct
19
6:30 PM18:30

Leeds Library Salon: On Creativity

Leeds Library Salon offers an evening of talks, performances, mini-lectures, and conviviality curated by Renaissance One and co-produced in partnership between The Leeds Library and Renaissance One. Doors 6pm, Event 6.30pm – 8pm

Our October session features Shivanee Ramlochan, Malika Booker, the Geraldine Connor Foundation and is chaired by Dr Emily Zobel Marshall (Leeds Beckett University)

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have Maya Angelou

If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes Pablo Picasso

The most dangerous creation of any society is the man that has nothing to lose James Baldwin

Shivanee Ramlochan is a Trinidadian writer, critic and book blogger. Her first collection of poems, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting is published by Peepal Tree Press (2017) and was shortlisted for the Forward Prizes (2018 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection). She is the deputy editor of The Caribbean Review of Books, the Book Review Editor for Caribbean Beat Magazine and writes for the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, the Anglophone Caribbean's largest literary festival. She also writes about books at her personal blog, Novel Niche with a special emphasis on close readings of Caribbean and queer literatures. Her UK appearance is part of a book tour produced by Renaissance One www.novelniche.net @novelniche

Malika Booker is a writer, spoken word and multidisciplinary artist, whose work spans literature, education and cross-arts. Organisations she has worked with include Arts Council England, BBC, British Council, Wellcome Trust, National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Arvon, and Hampton Court Palace.

Dr Emily Zobel Marshall is a writer, researcher and lecturer whose work is informed by Postcolonial theory and spans a range of themes including constructions of identity, race and racial politics, cultural resistance and Caribbean carnival cultures. She is an expert in the role of trickster figures in the literatures and cultures of Africa and its Diaspora and has published widely in this area. Marshall is currently Course Director at the School fo Cultural Studies & Humanities at Leeds Beckett University.

The Geraldine Connor Foundation (GCF) is an arts organisation established in 2012 to continue the legacy of the renowned theatre director, educationalist and ethno-musicologist, Dr Geraldine Connor. GCF continues her legacy by creating a variety of creative projects that inspire others, be they artists, young people or communities, to experience exceptional art across diverse forms.

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Read a poem by Malika Booker here

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Renaissance One presents 'The NHS and Me' at Stereohype Festival
Oct
6
7:30 PM19:30

Renaissance One presents 'The NHS and Me' at Stereohype Festival

In a year that celebrates the 70th birthday of one of Britain’s best-loved institutions and which also marks Windrush, this event highlights the hidden stories of Caribbean nurses and staff who have contributed such a great amount to the NHS landscape of succour and care. 

This anniversary will be celebrated through poems, music, visual art and speeches by international and local artists, including the much-loved Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE who can't be with us in person but sends her love and brand new poems to be read out by Doña Croll as well as  Michael Brome, Shivanee Ramlochan and calypsonian Tobago Crusoe.

This event is part of the Stereohype Festival produced by Red Earth Consultancy.  Booking information coming soon.

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Spread the Word presents Writing Your Fire:  A Crash Course in Poetry Ferocity with Shivanee Ramlochan
Oct
1
6:00 PM18:00

Spread the Word presents Writing Your Fire: A Crash Course in Poetry Ferocity with Shivanee Ramlochan

Shivanee Ramlochan is a Trinidadian poet, arts reporter, blogger and part of the team that organises the annual Bocas Lit Fest. Her debut poetry collection ‘Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting’ is shortlisted for The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection. In this special one-off workshop, you will develop your writing style through reading, discussion and feedback based on your own work.

The workshop is suitable for poets of all levels. The only crucial requirement is that participants bring 2 poems with them that they are keen to develop during the workshop.

Image: Marlon James

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Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Kei Miller at Southwell Library
Sep
28
7:30 PM19:30

Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Kei Miller at Southwell Library

Kei Miller is a poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer and broadcaster. His poetry collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (Carcanet, 2014) won the Forward Prize Best Poetry Collection. In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature. He has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow and is currently a Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Exeter.

£10 / £8

Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult

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Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Renaissance One presents 'God Save the Teen'
Sep
27
7:30 PM19:30

Inspire Poetry Festival 2018: Renaissance One presents 'God Save the Teen'

A troubled teenage son and his distant single father fight their way through a bitterly indifferent relationship in a funny and moving coming of age show about growing up and sometimes getting it wrong. Poet and former youth worker Andrew Graves relates a drama of gob-smackingly embarrassing and awkward first dates, imagined rock-n-roll supermarkets, divorce, disillusion and working-class rebellion. Expect disappearing goths, sadistic PE teachers and a search for the truth and somewhere to belong.

Whether a teenager or not, everyone will be able to relate to this honest and nostalgic prayer to that joyously painful, pimple-faced period in our lives where everything and nothing seems possible; where you can be earnest, sensitive, beautiful and ridiculous all at the same time.

Supported by funding from Arts Council England.

£8 / £6

Booking advised

Book Tickets here

Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult

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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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Tilt with John Agard presents London Liming
Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

Tilt with John Agard presents London Liming

Where spoken word and music meets carnival

Featuring John Agard, Shivanee Ramlochan, Jacob Ross, Kei Miller, Hannah Lowe, Val Bloom, Kevin Le Gendre, Anita Sethi, Michael Brome, Tobago Crusoe, Celeste Ramos and guests.

Liming is a tradition of ‘hanging out’, pleasure-seeking and sensory experiences through social interaction and communication.  Originating in Trinidad it is present throughout the Caribbean and beyond. At this special end-of-festival lime, John Agard, famed poet, playwright and Patron of Tilt performs poetry alongside guest poets, novelists, musicians and our house DJ who captures the spirit of the Caribbean through a mix of reggae, soca and dance tunes. 

Join in, unwind, and go with the flow!

Part of London is the Place For Me

Festival curated by Melanie Abrahams. Produced by Renaissance One as part of The Independence Project.

Image: Maria Nunes Photography

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London is the Place For Me: Sunday Pass
Sep
16
12:00 PM12:00

London is the Place For Me: Sunday Pass

Entry to the second day of the weekend festival of Caribbean literature and liming

At this biennial two-dayer, writers, artists and raconteurs from the Caribbean and its diaspora, and guest speakers, probe the narratives of Caribbean artistic expression and identity in a convivial and wide-ranging festival.  

This ticket gets you into all Sunday events, except for the evening with Tilt with John Agard presents London Liming, which is ticketed separately.

12 noon – 13.00
The NHS and Me

Inspired by a series of Love Poems to The NHS created by Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, this event marks the 70th anniversary of one of England’s best loved institutions and the contributions and endeavours of Caribbean nurses, doctors and workers, through words and poetry by Breeze, Val Bloom, Michael Brome and guests, and music by Tobago Crusoe.

13.30 – 15.00
Kei Miller on Essays: Mr Brown, Mrs White, Miss Black
Poet, novelist and broadcaster Kei Miller takes a more complicated look at race in Jamaica and the Caribbean.

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Jacob Ross on Caribbean Noir
Novelist and short story writer Jacob Ross reads from his book The Bone Readers, the first of his Camaho Quartet and talks about crime writing as a way to retell history and to engage with the contemporary politics and culture of the Caribbean.

15.30 – 16.30
All Ah We Is One and Out of Many One People
In this event, we explore known and hidden histories within the Caribbean and its diaspora including the experiences and accounts of indentured workers, Amerindians and other races, ethnicities and groups, and what it means to be pan-Caribbean. With Kristy Warren (Chair), Hannah Lowe, John Agard and Anita Sethi.

15.30 – 16.30
Don’t Stop The Carnival
Talk and Live Music by Kevin Le Gendre and Guest Musicians

This event based on the new book by journalist, writer and broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre presents the story of Black music in Britain and the people who made it.  Covering Black British Music from Tudor times to the 1960’s within a story framed by slavery, empire, colonialism and the flow of music around the Black Atlantic.  Covering the emergence of jazz, calypso, ska, reggae and rocksteady, soul and everything in between, it is a story of those who changed the face of British music in ways that impact and resonate today.

Festival curated by Melanie Abrahams. Produced by Renaissance One as part of The Independence Project.

Image: Maria Nunes Photography

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Linton Kwesi Johnson on Michael Smith
Sep
15
7:00 PM19:00

Linton Kwesi Johnson on Michael Smith

The life and work of the Jamaican dub poet

Linton Kwesi Johnson talks about the life and work of Jamaican dub poet Michael Smith also known as Mikey Smith (14 September 1954 – 17 August 1983), whose life was cut short by a stone thrown at his head at a political rally. As well as writing, recording and touring as a music artist, Smith worked as a social worker representing prisoners in Gun Court and was known for his commentary on the 'isms and schisms of ‘politricks’ in Jamaica. The talk by Johnson is followed by an in-conversation and a Q & A with the audience.

Part of London is the Place For Me

Festival curated by Melanie Abrahams. Produced by Renaissance One as part of The Independence Project.

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