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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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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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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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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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)
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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

Read more here

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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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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
4:00 PM16:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
7:30 PM19:30

The Venus Papers: York

  • The Basement at City Screen York (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, 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
4:30 PM16:30

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
6:00 PM18:00

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.

Read more and book here

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Jean 'Binta' Breeze: The Verandah Poems at Leeds Beckett
Nov
10
6:00 PM18:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
6:00 PM18:00

The Verandah Poems: University of Kent

  • Keynes College, University of Kent (map)
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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
7:30 PM19:30

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.

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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
7:30 PM19:30

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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