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

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.

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Nov
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

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 and more, and a panel discussion following the show featuring local organisations and artists including Mellow BakuAmbrose Musiyiwa/Civic Leicester and Shruti Chauhan.  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

Suitable for 14+

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

Twitter #VenusPapers  

Read a Guardian feature on Lydia Towsey here

WATCH: click on the video link below to watch the video poem 'Armed', the first of a series created by Lydia Towsey and collaborators for the tour this year.

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

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

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The Venus Papers at Slamdunk, Hastings
Nov
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Venus Papers at Slamdunk, Hastings

A theatrical poetry show of arrivals, departures, landscapes and journeys, written and performed by Lydia Towsey, as a pared down version of the full show, specially presented as part of Slamdunk in Hastings.

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

Suitable for 14+

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

Twitter #VenusPapers  

Read a Guardian feature on Lydia Towsey here

Slam Dunk is a community and network of poets in Hastings who perform monthly at the Printworks venue, and actively promote the power of written and spoken word.  Set up two years ago, they have featured artists including Salena Godden, Kat Francois, Rosy Carrick, Dave Pepper, Steve Tasane, Penny Pepper and Lucas Howard.  

Visit the Slam Dunk poetry Facebook page here  @slamdunkpoetry

 

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Oct
18
8:00pm 8:00pm

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

Suitable for 14+

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

Twitter #VenusPapers  

Read a Guardian feature on Lydia Towsey here

WATCH: click on the video link below to watch the video poem 'Armed', the first of a series created by Lydia Towsey and collaborators for the tour this year.

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

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
6:30pm 6:30pm

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
7:30pm 7:30pm

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
8:00pm 8:00pm

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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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Shara McCallum UK Book Tour
May
2
to May 9

Shara McCallum UK Book Tour

The new poetry collection by Shara McCallum, Madwoman, charts and intertwines the stages and complexities of womanhood, and wrestles with the idea of being girl, woman and mother at once. From the madwoman figures we recognise throughout history and literature (such as in Jane Eyre and in The Wide Sargasso Sea), this collection offers multi-vocal perspectives and critiques and challenges the ways in which culture often represents women as mad to dismiss or diminish them.  McCallum questions how we form our identities and who shapes those identities for us.

Click on the date to read the full tour schedule

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WORD! presents Michael Brome
Apr
4
4:00pm 4:00pm

WORD! presents Michael Brome

Join poet Michael Brome, WORD! hosts Lydia Towsey and Tim Sayers and guest open mic performers at the longest running spoken word night in the East Midlands.  Michael uses his writing and oratory as a means to inspire people to make changes to their lives and their prospects, resulting in education projects with HMP Leicester, Phoenix Arts Centre, De-Montfort Hall, Peepul Centre and Nottingham Playhouse and In 2016 a commission for London Is The Place For Me at the British Library and a featured writer spot in Leicester’s BHM season, including a shared event with Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze (Poets On The Verandah) at Hansom Hall. 

PLUS a 4pm - 6pm Masterclass on Performance Skills: insights and exercises on using voice, themes and performance techniques to engage, and win over, an audience. 

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The Venus Papers: Stage Show and Exhibition Preview
Feb
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Venus Papers: Stage Show and Exhibition Preview

A theatrical poetry show of arrivals, migration and landscapes, written and performed by Lydia Towsey (Show: 1 hour) alongside a new exhibition of Scott Bridgwood’s figurative paintings (Gallery 3).  

Drinks, Blue Nun and nibbles provided

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

‘An assured touch and academic vigour - an ethereal quality” Dayle Flude, The Cank Street Gallery (on Scott Bridgwood)


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The Venus Papers: York
Nov
26
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Venus Papers: York

A theatrical poetry show of arrivals, departures, landscapes and journeys, written and performed by Lydia Towsey

What if Venus, the Roman Goddess of love and beauty, washed up on a beach at this moment in time?

Experience tales of 21st century women – every-woman, immigrant, traveler, outsider - in a time of social, cultural and political turmoil and change.

“Absolutely spectacular” Jo Ivie, Poet in the City

Lydia Towsey is a poet and performer who has been featured on the Spoken Word All Stars Tour, Decibel, Freedom Showcase and Beyond Words’ U.K. tour of South African poetry.  A former International Artist-In-Residence at Theatre Royal Stratford East, she has for the last six years been posing as an artist model, challenging notions of the ‘passive nude’.

The Venus Papers poetry collection is published by Burning Eye Books (2015). Show and Tour supported by City Screen York, Attenborough Arts and Writing East Midlands. Funded by Arts Council England.

Visit the tour website here  Twitter #VenusPapers

 

 

 

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Literary Salon: Jean 'Binta' Breeze and Maggie Harris: Readings on The Verandah
Nov
16
4:30pm 4:30pm

Literary Salon: Jean 'Binta' Breeze and Maggie Harris: Readings on The Verandah

  • Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson Building South Wing (map)
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Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE is a renowned Jamaican poet who marked her 60th birthday this year with a new poetry collection, The Verandah Poems. Having made Leicester her home for many years, she is Patron of mental health charity Soft Touch Arts and an honorary Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Leicester.  Maggie Harris is a Guyana-born poet and short story writer living in Wales. Her awards include two Guyana Prizes for Literature, most recently this year for her poetry collection Sixty Years and Loving, and a Commonwealth Short Story Prize. 

A partnership between Literary Leicester and Renaissance One as part of The Verandah Poems Tour, which is funded by Arts Council England.

‘The poet is examining, subtly, a more or less contented return to where her life began.’ Mervyn Morris, Poet Laureate of Jamaica (on Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze)
Her poems dart like hummingbirds: vivid, precise, lyrical, playful and singing with a chorus of voices'  Maggie Butt (on Maggie Harris) 

Read more and book here.

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Kerry Young and Hannah Lowe: In-Conversation at the Nottingham Festival of Literature
Nov
11
6:00pm 6:00pm

Kerry Young and Hannah Lowe: In-Conversation at the Nottingham Festival of Literature

Kerry Young and Hannah Lowe read fiction and poems on memory, migration and the lives of the Caribbean-British diaspora. 

Young reads from her new novel Show Me A Mountain, part of a trilogy including Gloria and Costa Prize-shortlisted Pao, which searches out Jamaica’s multicultural history and the complexities of a country and its citizens in the search for independence. Lowe reads from her new poetry collection Chan, following her Forward Prize-shortlisted debut Chick, and exploring the experiences of her Jamaican father, his cousin the famed saxophonist Joe Harriot, and a ship full of dreamers sailing on the SS Ormond from Kingston to Liverpool in 1947. 

A partnership between Nottingham Festival of Literature and Renaissance One.

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Jean 'Binta' Breeze: The Verandah Poems at Leeds Beckett
Nov
10
6:00pm 6:00pm

Jean 'Binta' Breeze: The Verandah Poems at Leeds Beckett

  • Rose Bowl (Lecture Theatre B, Fourth Floor) (map)
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Leeds Beckett University and Renaissance One presents an evening with the internationally acclaimed poet Jean 'Binta' Breeze

Breeze reads from her poetry collection The Verandah Poems and has an in-conversation with writer and academic Dr Emily Zobell Marshall. With a career spanning over thirty years, Breeze’s words carry powerful political and personal messages, and audiences relate to and are inspired by her work. 'A major, perhaps even a great voice.

For stature, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze invites a Caribbean comparison with Maya Angelou, except that her range is broader still.’ The Herald
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An Evening with Mark Gwynne Jones: at LIBRARY
Nov
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

An Evening with Mark Gwynne Jones: at LIBRARY

LIBRARY, a new member's club and venue, is delighted to welcome acclaimed poet and performer Mark Gwynne Jones, well known for mind-altering poetry with an almost music hall edge.

Mark Gwynne Jones mixes humour and poignancy with great skill. Featured on BBC Radio 4’s Wondermentalist Cabaret and Radio 3’s Late Junction, his shows have won five festival fringe awards for Best Spoken Word.

Reviewing his collection Psychicbread, Vicki Holman declared it: ‘contagious, gritty and sometimes startlingly sensitive.’

‘Inspired… one of the most accomplished performance poets in the land…drawing the audience into a world where things are not quite what they seem’ The Guardian
‘Astonishing…you’ll love this show!’ The Daily Mail

Admission: free but book via LIBRARY

LIBRARY Members should RSVP and Non-Members can request a day pass

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The Verandah Poems: University of Kent
Nov
1
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Verandah Poems: University of Kent

Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze presents readings from her new poetry collection The Verandah Poems at Keynes College, University of Kent.

Breeze marked her 60th birthday in 2016 with the publication of her new poetry collection The Verandah Poems (Bloodaxe). She is the author of eight books including On the Edge of An Island and Third World Girl. A recipient of an MBE in 2012 for her services to Poetry and often cited as a ‘one-woman festival’, her words carry powerful political and personal messages.

A partnership between the University of Kent and Renaissance One, part of The Verandah Poems England Tour funded by Arts Council England.

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Poets On The Verandah
Oct
29
7:30pm 7:30pm

Poets On The Verandah

Serendipity and Renaissance One presents 'Poets On The Verandah': Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze and Michael Brome.

Join two acclaimed poets on an idyllic Caribbean verandah setting, and join in the exchange of stories.  The internationally renowned Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE and Michael Brome join up for a special occasion of readings, performances and conversation.

Michael Brome is a poet and lyricist based in Leicester. He has been a winner of the Spoken Word Commission, a project initiated by Baroness Lola Young in collaboration with Renaissance One, resulting in a performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Michael uses his writing and powerful performance to respond to changes in culture and society resulting in diverse commissions.  These include The Art of Philanthropy for Cultivate, Freedom Showcase, Tongue Fu, and an Architects of The Republic event with Apples and Snakes and Tilt which responded to the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech.

Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze marked her 60th birthday in 2016 with the publication of her new poetry collection ‘The Verandah Poems’ (Bloodaxe). She is the author of eight books including On the Edge of An Island and Third World Girl. A recipient of an MBE in 2012 for her services to Poetry and often cited as a ‘one-woman festival’, her words carry powerful political and personal messages.

Book a ticket and read more here

This event is part of The Verandah Poems England Tour funded by Arts Council England.

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Jean 'Binta' Breeze at Bloomsbury Festival with Apples and Snakes
Oct
20
7:30pm 7:30pm

Jean 'Binta' Breeze at Bloomsbury Festival with Apples and Snakes

  • Bloomsbury Studio, Bloomsbury Theatre (map)
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Apples and Snakes at Bloomsbury Festival

A relaxed evening of performance poetry and live music, featuring top names from the spoken word scene alongside some of London’s most talented up-and-coming artists.  The night will be headlined by the powerful, political, and personal words of dub legend, Jean “Binta” Breeze, with a feature set from comedian, performer, and resident on-air expert in bereavement and mental health for BBC Radio 1’s Surgery, Jack Rooke. Plus the enriching 'street folk' sounds of music by Lester Clayton. Hosted by stand-up poet and presenter Laurie Bolger.

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The Venus Papers:Nottingham - A Poetry-Spoken Word Show
Oct
20
to Oct 21

The Venus Papers:Nottingham - A Poetry-Spoken Word Show

  • Nottingham Writers Studio (map)
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The Venus Papers is a theatrical poetry show of arrivals, departures, landscapes and journeys developed, written and performed by Lydia Towsey. It explores the theme of 21st century women - every-woman, immigrant, traveler, outsider - in a time of social, cultural and political turmoil and change.

It presents performances by local writers from  Mouthy Poets followed by the theatrical poetry show written and performed by Lydia Towsey.

The production team includes the Director Rachel Mars, Associate Director Nick Field, paintings and artwork by Scott Bridgwood, music by Dave Dhonau and Ola Szmidt, curator Melanie Abrahams, design by Kate Unwin, choreography by Louise Katerega, photography by Ambrose Musiyiwa/CivicLeicester and produced by Renaissance One.

Tickets £5 full, £3 concessions and Mouthy Poets Participants  Book a ticket here

The Show is preceded by a Creative Writing Masterclass led by Lydia Towsey with contributions from Mouthy Poets.  Read more here.

The Venus Papers poetry collection is published by Burning Eye Books (2015).  The event is supported by Nottingham Writers Studio, Attenborough Arts and Writing East Midlands, and is funded by Arts Council England.

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The Venus Papers: Nottingham - Creative Writing Masterclass 4pm to 6pm
Oct
20
4:00pm 4:00pm

The Venus Papers: Nottingham - Creative Writing Masterclass 4pm to 6pm

The Venus Papers is a theatrical poetry show of arrivals, departures, landscapes and journeys developed, written and performed by Lydia Towsey, and it offers a masterclass series that explores the theme of 21st century women, in a time of social, cultural and political turmoil and change.

Creative Writing Masterclass 4pm – 6pm (upper level)

This masterclass offers insights on writing both for the page and for the stage, and developing a show for touring and widening your audiences.  Develop new material and fresh approaches to writing, from working with the body to passing the Bechtel test.  Explore what makes for a good performance; ways to develop your performance skills, resonate with an audience, and make a lasting impact.

The tutor, Lydia Towsey with guest contributions during the session from members of Mouthy Poets, collectively offer many years of experience in presenting their work, performing at festivals, and enticing audiences to see and appreciate performance in new ways in both large-scale and more intimate settings.  

Cost: Pay What You Feel, Free to Mouthy Poets members  Book a place here

The Masterclass is followed by the theatrically staged show written and performed by Lydia Towsey and directed by Rachel Mars and including live music performance by Dave Dhonau and Ola Szmidt at 7.30pm.  Read about the show here.

The Venus Papers poetry collection is published by Burning Eye Books (2015).  The event is supported by Nottingham Writers Studio, Attenborough Arts and Writing East Midlands, and is funded by Arts Council England.

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The Venus Papers: Kettering (Run Your Tongue)
Oct
15
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Venus Papers: Kettering (Run Your Tongue)

  • ‘Run Your Tongue’ at the Three Cocks Inn (map)
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A theatrical poetry show of arrivals, departures, landscapes and journeys

Written and performed by Lydia Towsey

What if Venus, the Roman Goddess of love and beauty, washed up on a beach at this moment in time? 

Experience tales of 21st century women – every-woman, immigrant, traveler, outsider - in a time of social, cultural and political turmoil and change.

“Absolutely spectacular” Jo Ivie, Poet in the City

Lydia Towsey is a poet and performer who has been featured on the Spoken Word All Stars Tour, Decibel and Beyond Words’ U.K. tour of South African poetry.  A former International Artist-In-Residence at Theatre Royal Stratford East, she has for the last six years been posing as an artist model, challenging notions of the ‘passive nude’.

Directed by Rachel Mars and Associate Director Nick Field, Paintings by Scott Bridgwood, Music by Dave Dhonau and Ola Szmidt, Curation by Melanie Abrahams, Choreography by Louise Katerega, Design by Kate Unwin and Produced by Renaissance One

Show and Tour supported by Rob Reeves, Attenborough Arts and Writing East Midlands, and funded by Arts Council England.

Visit the Venus Papers website  Twitter #VenusPapers

 

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Unspeakable Things Unspoken: Transatlantic Slavery - A Public Conversation - an Evening Showcase
Oct
12
7:30pm 7:30pm

Unspeakable Things Unspoken: Transatlantic Slavery - A Public Conversation - an Evening Showcase

Jean 'Binta' Breeze, Panya Banjoko, Professor Alison Ward, Renaissance One, Michael Brome, Marcus Joseph

An evening of performance, conversation and music that will explore transatlantic slavery and its legacies through the work of renowned Jamaican poet Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze and regional writers and musicians Michael Brome, Panya Banjoko and Marcus Joseph

Breeze is acclaimed for her inventive use of the dub artform, and her poetry gives voice to disenfranchised people as well as personal, social, political and historical issues, and the importance of linking the personal to the political. In this event, she considers the tangled relationship between gender, sexuality, class and race, with a particular focus on the experiences of Caribbean women, through a performance and an in-conversation with Abigail Ward (University of Nottingham).

Michael Brome and Marcus Joseph collaborate on a spoken word and music piece commissioned by literature curator Melanie Abrahams, and Panya Banjoko performs new and selected poems on the event's themes. The artists and curators all have Caribbean parentage (Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad) and as an intrinsic part of the legacy of slavery and colonialism, imbue a broad range of ethnicities and perspectives.

Read about the daytime Conference and the evening Event here

This evening event has been co-curated by The Centre for Race and Rights (C3R) which was founded in 2013 with a focus on research and public engagement that challenges all forms of racism, discrimination and rights violation, and Renaissance One, a cultural activist organisation who have consistently pushed for greater diversity in the arts through production, artists representation, mentoring and initiatives, with a particular focus on the narratives of race and culture.

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Future Planet: Sharon Millar at the London Literature Festival
Oct
11
7:45pm 7:45pm

Future Planet: Sharon Millar at the London Literature Festival

  • Level 5 Function Room at Royal Festival Hall (map)
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Sharon Millar is an award-winning Trinidadian short story writer whose debut, The Whale House, explores grief and decay in the human and natural world, and challenges us to question how different humans are from the animals they hunt.

Millar takes part in Future Planet, at which writers and experts explore our current age of living, and what may be around the corner.

What does the future hold for planet earth? With climate change looming, and human beings having an unprecedented impact on the natural world, will earth be radically different for future generations? And can we pioneer a path to a more sustainable future?

Also featured:

Gaia Vince is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author of Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made, which explores the epoch in which human activities have begun to have a profound impact on Earth's ecosystems.

Khairani Barokka is a writer, poet, and artist who was recognised in 2014 by the United Nations Population Fund as one of Indonesia's 'Inspirational Young Leaders Driving Social Change'. She is the author of Indigenous Species, a contemporary feminist take on a Heart of Darkness-esque tale.

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Sharon Millar and Hannah Lowe at Ilkley Literature Festival
Oct
9
4:45pm 4:45pm

Sharon Millar and Hannah Lowe at Ilkley Literature Festival

Sharon Millar and Hannah Lowe read short stories and poems covering multiple themes of race, gender and the contemporary Caribbean diaspora.

Millar reads from her short story collection The Whale House which was longlisted for the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and won the Caribbean Writers Prize.  Hannah Lowe will read from her new poetry collection Chan which follows her widely acclaimed debut Chick reconstructs the life of her Jamaican-Chinese father, who arrived in Liverpool from Jamaica in 1947 and is concerned with memory, diaspora and migration. Chan represents travelers and shape-shifters and is one of the many nicknames of Lowe’s Black-Chinese Jamaican father, and also a name from China where her grandfather’s story begins.  The book also explores the life of Joe Harriot the famed Jamaican alto saxophonist who shook up 1960s England; and a shift full of dreamers sailing from Kingston to Liverpool in 1947 on the SS Ormond.  

A partnership between Ikley Literature Festival, Renaissance One and Peepal Tree Press.

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