An Evening with John Agard
Nov
2
5:00 PM17:00

An Evening with John Agard

We're delighted to welcome poet, playwright and children's writer John Agard to Haworth in collaboration with Renaissance One. Known for his satirical wit, John gives readings around the world and in 2012 he was a recipient of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. His books for children and adults include We Brits, Alternative Anthem, Einstein, The Girl Who Hated Maths and most recently The Coming of the Little Green Man. John is known for his inspiring work with young people and adults, particularly his visits to schools, and his poems are featured in the English GCSE anthology.

Join us for a special perfomance featuring one of Britain's foremost cross-cultural voices, John Agard. Experience the wonder of poetry and wordplay via an unfolding cabinet of curiosities of objects relating to Patrick Brontë and England's colonial past. John will also read from his latest collection, The Coming of the Little Green Man.

'One of the most eloquent contemporary poets - rich in literary and cultural allusion, yet as direct as a voice in the bus queue.' The Observer.

Books will be available to purchase and John will be happy to sign your copy.

Tickets £10/£8 concessions/£2 for 16-25 year olds. Please book in advance using the link below or by calling 01535 640192. This event is part of the Cabinet of Curiosities project co-curated by John Agard and Melanie Abrahams and produced by Renaissance One.

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Jill Abram Presents Afterwardness by Mimi Khalvati with special guest Kei Miller
Nov
18
6:30 PM18:30

Jill Abram Presents Afterwardness by Mimi Khalvati with special guest Kei Miller

Conversation and poetry to celebrate the launch of Mimi Khalvati’s new poetry collection from Carcanet and the recent publication of In Nearby Bushes by Kei Miller (courtesy of Renaissance One).

Tickets £7 include glass of wine/soft drink

Afterwardness by Mimi Khalvati is the Poetry Book Society Winter Wild Card and her ninth collection to be published by Carcanet. She is known as the queen of form, famed for adapting the ghazal to English use, and in this book she puts the Petrarchan sonnet to striking, unfamiliar use, widening the possibilities of the form.

These poems are playful, moving and brimming with a fierce intelligence,

and in this collection Mimi Khalvati is writing at the very height of her

lyric power.

Hannah Lowe

www.mimikhalvati.co.uk

 Kei Miller is a poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer and broadcaster. In 2014 he won the Forward Prize for Best Poetry Collection and was named one of the Next Generation Poets. In Nearby Bushes was published in August and selected as TheTelegraph’s Book of the Month.

Anyone who loves language will find it utterly intoxicating.

Roger Cox, The Scotsman

 Kei Miller is provided by Renaissance One

www.renaissanceone.co.uk

 

Jill Abram is a poet, presenter and producer. She is Director of the influential collective Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, and created the Stablemates series of poetry and conversation.

Jill Abram knows her stuff.

Greg Freeman, Write Out Loud.

jillabram.co.uk

 

Carcanet Press is celebrating its 50th year of publishing the most comprehensive and diverse list of modern and classic poetry in English and in translation.

www.carcanet.co.uk

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The National Centre for Writing presents: Penny Pepper: The Naked Punk
Nov
22
7:00 PM19:00

The National Centre for Writing presents: Penny Pepper: The Naked Punk

Presented by Renaissance One

£6/£4 conc

Book Tickets

‘I’m Naked because I strive to be open in my writing, to show what needs to be shown….Accept yourself, accept a new story.’

Writer, punk, pioneer and disability rights activist Penny Pepper, aka The Naked Punk, will perform her signature mash-up of poems of anger, self-worth, nudity and activism, all delivered with her trademark humour, rage and compassion.

An absorbing performance about facing life, love, failure, success, prejudice and misadventure – all from a wheelchair.

The show lasts 90 minutes including a 30 minute Q&A.

Penny Pepper is an acclaimed author, performer and activist. Versatile and candid, her debut poetry collection Come Home Alive, was published in 2018 (Burning Eye Books). Its racy cover was immediately banned on Facebook! Her memoir, First in the World Somewhere (Unbound, 2017) charts her punky coming of age and creative journey in the Thatcher years and beyond. Launched at The Royal Festival Hall, it was chosen by actor/activist Liz Carr as a witty and candid personal pick on Radio 4’s ‘A Good Read’. Penny guests as a columnist for the Guardian, The Huffington Post and more, and appears on TV and radio.

‘Penny Pepper’s work is a virtuoso display of wit, invention and courage.’ – Dame Margaret Drabble

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Caribbean Fest: Trickster Thrive!
Oct
19
5:00 PM17:00

Caribbean Fest: Trickster Thrive!

Enjoy fantastical tales, poetry and music as we are lured into the world of tricksters, shapeshifters and duppies by John Agard, Emily Zobel Marshall, Tobago Crusoe and Melanie Abrahams.

Join us in an evening of words, music, shape-shifting and storytelling by leading artists who each respond to the cultural history of the trickster through their artforms.

Our fascination with the trickster figure, whose presence is global, stems from our desire to break free from the tightly regimented structures of society, and daily living.

We revel in the fantasy of the trickster whose energy and cunning knows no bounds and for whom nothing is sacred.
Wily, mercurial and anarchic, West African trickster figures Anansi and Brer Rabbit became symbols of survival and resistance in the Americas. Brought to the United
States and the Caribbean by the enslaved, their stories helped to keep oral traditions alive and inspire ways to thwart and undermine the brutal plantation system.

All trickster tales demand audience participation and we invite you, the audience, to share a trickster item with us on the evening – this can be in the shape of a trickster poem, a trickster story or simply telling us what the trickster means to you

Part of Caribbean Fest. Curated by Melanie Abrahams and produced by Renaissance One and Partners

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Caribbean Fest: A Plate of the Caribbean
Oct
19
2:30 PM14:30

Caribbean Fest: A Plate of the Caribbean

Chefs, foodies and special guests swap stories and family recipes about their favourite dishes and foods of the Caribbean region. Featuring a panel discussion with Natacha Mendes from Taste Black History , award winning author of Belly Full Riaz Phillips and Denai Moore singer/song-writer and chef behind Dee’s Table +guests.

Artist Bios
LMH graduate, writer and music photographer Riaz Phillips (2012, MSc Modern Chinese Studies) recently decided to investigate the personal histories behind the people running some of the UK's many Caribbean bakeries, takeaways and diners. He found the people, researched their stories, interviewed and photographed them himself. The resultant book ‘Belly Full: Caribbean Food in The UK’ offer 300 pages of portraits and histories of Caribbean food and those who make it, in cities around the UK, including London, Manchester and Leeds. Part recipe book, part eatery guide, part social history, Belly Full has a wide appeal, and has garnered the attention of critics, winning the Young British Foodie award.

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CaribbeanFest
Oct
19
1:00 PM13:00

CaribbeanFest

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Renaissance One in partnership with the British Library presents Caribbean Fest!

Celebrate Caribbean culture with stories, performances, poetry, conversation and music from a line-up of world-class artists. Curated by Melanie Abrahams and produced by Renaissance One and Partners.

Line Up

Poetry Magic with John Agard, 13.00 – 14.00

£9 (full price) / £7.50 (60 and over)  / £4.50 (all other concessions including under 25s)
Step into the world of acclaimed poet and storyteller John Agard, as he inspires children and all the family to deepen their appreciation of reading, oratory and playing with words. Expect stories and poems, rhymes and rhythms, and fun puns. 
Part of Caribbean Fest

Curated by Melanie Abrahams and produced by Renaissance One and Partners

A Plate of Caribbean, 14.30 – 16.00

£11 / £9.50 / £5.50
Chefs, foodies and special guests swap stories and family recipes about their favourite dishes and foods of the Caribbean region.
Part of Caribbean Fest
Curated by Melanie Abrahams and produced by Renaissance One and Partners

Trickster Thrive!, 17.00 – 19.00

£13 / £11 / £6.50
Enjoy fantastical tales, poetry and music as we are lured into the world of tricksters, shapeshifters and duppies by John Agard, Emily Zobel Marshall, Tobago Crusoe and Melanie Abrahams.
Part of Caribbean Fest
Curated by Melanie Abrahams and produced by Renaissance One and Partners

Joint ticket for A Plate of Caribbean and Trickster Thrive! £16/£12/£8




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Caribbean Fest: Poetry Magic with John Agard
Oct
19
1:00 PM13:00

Caribbean Fest: Poetry Magic with John Agard

The wonder of poetry and performance

Step into the world of acclaimed poet and storyteller John Agard, as he inspires children and all the family to deepen their appreciation of reading, oratory and playing with words. Expect fun puns, stories and poems, and rhymes and rhythms.

‘John Agard’s poetry is a wonderful affirmation of life, in a language that is as vital and joyous as we are able to craft it in the Caribbean, in spite of our history of distress’ David Dabydeen’A specialist in word trickery - Agard is one of our most consistent, culture-crossing spokesmen’ Graeme Wright, Poetry Review

One of the most eloquent contemporary poets - rich in literary and cultural allusion, yet as direct as a voice in the bus queue’ - Observer
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Inspire Poetry Festival: Patience Agbabi at Southwell Library
Sep
27
7:30 PM19:30

Inspire Poetry Festival: Patience Agbabi at Southwell Library

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 nimbly between cultures, dialects and voices, and between page and stage. Join us for what promises to be her striking and compelling Southwell debut.

Patience Agbabi’s poetry has been featured on radio and TV worldwide and she has spent over 20 years celebrating the written and spoken word. Her poem, ‘The Doll’s House’, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2014.  She studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University and is a former Poet Laureate of Canterbury. The author of four books, her latest, Telling Tales (Canongate, 2014)is a vivid retelling of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales for the 21st century and was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Prize for New Work in Poetry 2014 and Wales Book of the Year 2015.

“The liveliest versions of Chaucer you're likely to read.” Simon Armitage on Telling Tales

“…honest, darkly funny and endlessly creative, she takes the sonnet, chats it up, tattoos it, gives it some motherly advice and then sends it away again.”  The List

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Don’t Stop The Carnival: Talk and Live Music by Kevin Le Gendre at Hastings LitFest
Aug
31
7:30 PM19:30

Don’t Stop The Carnival: Talk and Live Music by Kevin Le Gendre at Hastings LitFest

Renaissance One presents Don’t Stop The Carnival
Talk and Live Music by Kevin Le Gendre and Guest Musician

Tickets £7.50


This event based on the new book by journalist, writer and broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre (BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line-Up, MusicWeek) and published by Peepal Tree 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.  Featuring live music and covering the emergence of jazz, calypso, ska, reggae and rocksteady, soul and everything in between, this event will reveal the stories of those who changed the face of British music in ways that impact and resonate today. Event is part of an England tour produced by Renaissance One.

“A meticulous, sweeping and vivid history of Black British music' Financial Times

Kevin Le Gendre

Is a journalist and broadcaster and writer with a special interest in black music. Deputy editor of Echoes, he contributes to a wide range of publications that include Jazzwise, MusicWeek, Vibrations and The Independent On Sunday and also appears as a commentator and critic on radio programmes such as BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line-Up and BBC Radio 4's Front Row.

For enquiries email: hq@renaissanceone.co.uk Website: www.renaissanceone.co.uk



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Hastings LitFest: Kei Miller - The Most Important Things
Aug
31
2:45 PM14:45

Hastings LitFest: Kei Miller - The Most Important Things

Renaissance One presents Kei Miller: The Most Important Things

Poet, novelist, short story writer and broadcaster Kei Miller reads from and discusses his new collection of essays which cover a range of themes and contemporary perspectives on place, race, gender, sex, the minds of writers, and The Most Important Things. Miller’s books include the novel Augustownand the poetry collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion which won the Forward Prize (Best Poetry Collection of 2014). In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature. He is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Exeter.


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The Naked Punk - Flesh and Bone at Hastings Lit Fest
Aug
30
7:00 PM19:00

The Naked Punk - Flesh and Bone at Hastings Lit Fest

Penny Pepper: The Naked Punk part two – Flesh and Bone.

“I’m Naked because I strive to be open in my writing, to show what needs to be shown….Accept yourself, accept a new story.”

We present Penny’s second appearance on the Hastings 2019 festival stage in The Naked Punk Part Two – Flesh and Bone.

In Flesh and Bone, Penny will focus on her written work, with readings and in conversation.

The Naked Punk part one – Raw and Uncovered is being presented by The Hastings Fringe festival

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UNESCO’s Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition With Tobago Crusoe
Aug
19
6:00 PM18:00

UNESCO’s Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition With Tobago Crusoe

Please join us we mark UNESCO’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. This event is presented by the Greater London Authority.

This special event will remember the millions who suffered due to the transatlantic slave trade. We will also acknowledge its impact on generations of African and Caribbean communities across the world. Feat calypso music from Tobago Crusoe

Commemoration Ceremony - The Chamber, 6pm

Invited speakers and artists will be in attendance. The event will honour all of those who have fought for freedom and reflect on the enduring impact of the transatlantic slave trade and its abolition in London and throughout the world. 

Caribbean food and drinks reception to follow

This is a free event, tickets can be booked by following the link below.

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Edinburgh International Book Festival: Remembering Mikey Smith - Linton Kwesi Johnson, Roger Robinson & Anthony Wall, chaired by Leone Ross
Aug
18
9:45 PM21:45

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Remembering Mikey Smith - Linton Kwesi Johnson, Roger Robinson & Anthony Wall, chaired by Leone Ross

The release of Linton Kwesi Johnson’s Dread Beat an’ Blood album 40 years ago – a collection of radical political spoken poetry – established ‘dub-poetry’ as a new literary genre and introduced the Jamaican-born artist as a genuine literary voice. Now 66, Linton Kwesi Johnson is widely recognised as one of Britain’s most significant poets; he is only the second living poet to be published by Penguin Modern Classics and in 2012 received the Golden PEN award for ‘distinguished service to literature.’

In this special one-off Book Festival event, Linton Kwesi Johnson pays homage to friend, social worker and fellow Jamaican dub-poet Mikey Smith. Before his tragic (and suspicious) death aged just 28 at a political rally in 1983, Smith recorded his debut album Mi Cyaan Believe It. It catapulted the poet to legendary status and he even recorded a coveted John Peel session for the BBC.  

Johnson is joined by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Anthony Wall – who produced the 1982 movie Upon Westminster Bridge, which documented Mikey Smith’s first visit to Britain – contemporary dub-poet, singer, musician and performer Roger Robinson, and Jamaican-raised author Leone Ross.

Remembering Mikey Smith brings together film excerpts, poetry readings and enlightening conversation to celebrate the life and legacy of one of Jamaica’s most influential literary sons.

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Edinburgh International Book Festival: Kei Miller and Inua Ellams
Aug
17
8:30 PM20:30

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Kei Miller and Inua Ellams

An evening of prize-winning narrative verse!

Forward Prize-winner Kei Miller explores legends, histories and landscapes on the fringes of Jamaican society in his collection In Nearby Bushes. From rural Nigeria to Mount Olympus, Inua Ellams’s verse novel The Half God of Rainfall interweaves ancient and urban myths to tell a story of pride, power and revenge. Join them, as they come together to celebrate the emotive powers of narrative verse.

Supported by the Hawthornden Literary Retreat.

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Hastings Fringe: Raw and Uncovered, a Spoken Word Night
Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

Hastings Fringe: Raw and Uncovered, a Spoken Word Night

Renaissance One presents a Spoken Word Evening:

Penny Pepper’s The Naked Punk, Andrew Graves’s God Save The Teen and Poetry by Luke AG

 

An evening of theatre and storytelling by leading poets responding to a theme of social justice and covering perspectives of class, disability, race, age and background:

 

The Naked Punk

“I’m Naked because I strive to be open in my writing, to show what needs to be shown....Accept yourself, accept a new story.”

Penny Pepper is a local acclaimed author, performer and activist who appears regularly on TV & Radio. A columnist for The Guardian and The Huffington Post, her debut poetry collection Come Home Alive, was published in 2018 (Burning Eye). Her memoir, First in the World Somewhere (Unbound) which charts her punky coming of age and creative journey in the Thatcher years and beyond, was chosen by actor/activist Liz Carr for Radio 4’s ‘A Good Read’. 

 

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 breakups, starry-eyed punks and disappearing Goths. Incorporating spoken word and politics, it casts a spotlight on the closure of youth services and the diminishing aspects of social provision for young people.

 

Special Guest: Luke AG

With a distinctly political and historical message and originally from Hastings, Luke uses poetry and rhyme to work through a narrative of his own life, and the people around him.

 

Open Mic Callout to budding poets and singers

If you are a budding poet, singer or musician aged 14 – 26 years who would be keen to perform work during the evening 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 by 10 July to hq@renaissanceone.co.uk

 

Event supported by funding by Arts Council England

 

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WOMAD Festival's Hip Yak Poetry Shack presents Penny Pepper
Jul
26
to Jul 28

WOMAD Festival's Hip Yak Poetry Shack presents Penny Pepper

World of Music, Arts and Dance - 25-28 July 2019 will be showcasing Penny Pepper

The Hip Yak Poetry Stage at WOMAD

The ramshackle, interactive, comedy-poetry cabaret The Hip Yak Poetry Shack has been located WOMAD World of Words for 6 years, with laughter lines and internal rhymes; pockets full of stories and eyes fierce with tears. It is quickly becoming one of the most popular and celebrated festival spoken word stages in the UK, among poets and audiences alike.

In 2019 we will be back for our 7th year at WOMAD, kicking at the graffiti on the walls that divide us, bringing you the best spoken word, rap, hip hop, page poetry, stage and slam because it’s ALL POETRY and it all has something incredible to say about our world.

So come join us next Summer under the trees by the little purple tent, maybe even with a cup of tea or a paper cup full of tepid beer… for some of the finest, funniest, deeply moving and profoundly right-on (but not in an annoying way) spoken word entertainment you will hear this Summer – and possibly your whole lives. Prepare to be totally flabbergasted and very pleasantly entertained.

When you can see Penny Pepper at the Hip Yak Poetry Shack

Friday 26th July - 12 pm

Saturday 27th July - 12pm, 4pm and 5.30pm


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WRITING YOUR FIRE! - Poetry workshop with Shivanee Ramlochan
Jul
20
11:00 AM11:00

WRITING YOUR FIRE! - Poetry workshop with Shivanee Ramlochan

This intimate INSCRIBE workshop is a rare opportunity to work with one of Trinidad & Tobago's premier poets - in this QTIPOC-friendly poetry workshop - you will find a safe space, to traverse the underside, the fiery depths of your imagination and lived experience, and explore WRITING YOUR FIRE!

PLACES ARE LIMITED - BOOK NOW!

Shivanee Ramlochan's poetry has been published in tongues of the ocean, The Caribbean Review of Books, and Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism. Ramlochan is a Trinidadian writer, arts reporter and book blogger. Her first collection of poems, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting [Peepal Tree Press' 2017] was shortlisted for the Forward Prizes (2018, Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection). The book was also a finalist selection for the 2018 People's Choice T&T Book of the Year. Her poems reference the language and structural patterns of the genres of fantasy or speculative fiction, though with her own distinctive features, including the presence of such folkloric Trinidadian figures as the Duenne, those wandering lost spirits whose feet point backwards. She is an alumna of the 2010 Cropper Foundation Residential Workshop for Caribbean Writers. In 2013, she was selected as one of three New Talent Showcase writers at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest. Ramlochan is the deputy editor of The Caribbean Review of Books, the Book Review Editor for Caribbean Beat Magazine and is part of the team that runs 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

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The Leeds Library Salon: Translating Tricksters: a Book Launch and Salon on trickster’s tales and oral traditions
Jul
11
6:30 PM18:30

The Leeds Library Salon: Translating Tricksters: a Book Launch and Salon on trickster’s tales and oral traditions

The Leeds Library Salon

A quarterly event of talks, live art and performances, mini-lectures, and conviviality

Presented by Leeds Library and curated and co-produced by Renaissance One in partnership with Dr Emily Zobel Marshall

Thursday 11 July 2019 at The Leeds Library

Translating Tricksters: a Book Launch and Salon on trickster’s tales and oral traditions

Doors 6.30pm, Event 7pm – 9.30pm

Join us in an evening of words, music, shape-shifting and storytelling by leading artists who each respond to the cultural history of the trickster through their artforms, with Dr Emily Zobel Marshall as she launches her new book American Trickster: Trauma, Tradition and Brer Rabbit (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019), prize-winning poet John Agard, narratives by Shivanee Ramlochan, Professor Andrew Warnes and performance and choreography by Nii Kwartey Owoo and Ella Mesma Company.

 Our fascination with the trickster figure, whose presence is global, stems from our desire to break free from the tightly regimented structures of society, and daily living. We revel in the fantasy of the trickster whose energy and cunning knows no bounds and for whom nothing is sacred.

Wily, mercurial and anarchic, West African trickster figures Anansi and Brer Rabbit became symbols of survival and resistance in the Americas. Brought to the United States and the Caribbean by the enslaved, their stories helped to keep oral traditions alive and inspire ways to thwart and undermine the brutal plantation system.

All trickster tales demand audience participation and we invite you, the audience, to share a trickster item with us on the evening – this can be in the shape of a trickster poem, a trickster story or simply telling us what the trickster means to you

Artist Bios

John Agard

John Agard is a writer of books for children and adults.  He was a recipient of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2012 and has received numerous prizes for his writing.  Many students study his poems for their GCSE qualification.  John travels to festivals around the world to perform his poetry, offering wit, imagination and exhilarating wordplay.

Andrew Warnes

Andrew Warnes is a Professor of American Studies. He is Deputy Head of School of English at Leeds University. He states ‘I am a researcher in the field of US literary food studies. I am interested in how literature shapes our understanding of the world around us, actively shaping our experience of familiar foods and “foodscapes.” Early on in my career this interest led me to focus on the cultural critique of hunger to be found in many works of African American literature. A second book, Savage Barbecue (2008), shows how writings from colonial America and the heart of the British Empire reinvented the native Caribbean word barbacoa, flooding it with alien and Eurocentric associations that bore no relationship to any actual Amerindian practice. I have also written American Tantalus (2013), an interpretative survey of modern US literature which shows that expressions of insatiable desire, or what Scott Romine calls a "grammar of thwarted longing," are ubiquitous across this diverse tradition. More recently my work has focused on the cultural mediation of the American supermarket system and the promise of mass abundance that it heralded in the 1950s.’

Dr Emily Zobel Marshall

Dr Emily Zobel Marshall is a Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature and Course Director for English Literature at the School of Cultural Studies at Leeds Beckett University.  Her research specialisms are Caribbean literature and Caribbean carnival cultures. She is an expert on the trickster figure in the folklore, oral cultures and literature of the African Diaspora and she has published widely in these fields. She is currently establishing a Caribbean Carnival Cultures research platform and network. Emily organises, hosts and chairs literary events and has organised conferences on Caribbean literature and culture. She is a regular contributor to BBC radio discussions on racial politics and Caribbean culture and an invited speaker at national and international conferences.

 Her books focus on the role of the trickster in Caribbean and African American cultures.  Anansi’s Journey: A Story of Jamaican Cultural Resistance (2012) is published by the University of the West Indies Press. She will be launching her new book American Trickster: Trauma Tradition and Brer Rabbit published by Rowman and Littlefield which offers readers a unique insight into the cultural significance of the Brer Rabbit trickster figure, from his African roots and through to his influence on contemporary culture. Emily also writes poetry and lives in Leeds with her husband Tom and her two young children Theo and Rose.

Nii Kwartey Owoo

Nii Kwartey Owoo is a multidisciplinary artist interested in traditional practices found in West Africa and diaspora communities. 
He is a master drummer, dancer, choreographer and sound producer from Jamestown, Accra. Nii is currently living and working in Yorkshire. His work is deeply rooted in his own cultural heritage of the Ga people from Gamashie and his choreography retells ancient Ga stories in innovative and exploratory ways. At a young age Nii founded his own group Miishejeloi Dance Theatre. Nii's artistic practice has always given importance to local social issues that connect powerfully with global conversations relating to gender, spirituality and human rights. 

 Shivanee Ramlochan

Shivanee Ramlochan is a Trinidadian poet, arts reporter and book blogger. Poetry for Ramlochan is a work of witness: the central thread of her debut collection of poetry Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting (Peepal Tree, 2018) addresses and gives voice to survivors of sexual assault. The idea of a poem which says what it must – which speaks with its own unmistakable interior voice, and leaves the poet ‘awestruck and bewildered’ – is central to Ramlochan’s practice as a writer. The collection was critically acclaimed ad shortlisted for The Forward Prizes in 2018 (Best First Collection).  Shivanee also 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.

Ella Mesma

British born artist of mixed heritage Ella is director of Ella Mesma Company, (Sadler’s Wells: Wild Card, Dance City Associate Artist, The ICA Festival, South Africa, the Women in Dance Leadership Conference, New York). She is also the creator of Roots of Rumba and Maya Gandaia.

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Hebden Bridge Arts Festival presents Patience Agbabi
Jun
25
7:30 PM19:30

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival presents Patience Agbabi

Celebrated poet and performer Patience Agbabi reads from her new collection of Emily Bronte inspired poems.

One of the UK’s foremost poets, Patience Agbabi has spent over 20 years celebrating the written and spoken word and her poetry has been featured on radio and TV worldwide. Active on the literature and arts scene, she was on the Council of Management for Arvon from 2009 to 2016. 

Her poem, ‘The Doll’s House’, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2014. She studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University, and is a former Poet Laureate of Canterbury.

The author of four books, her latest, Telling Tales (Canongate, 2014)is a vivid retelling of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales for the 21st century and was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Prize for New Work in Poetry 2014 and Wales Book of the Year 2015.

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Tilt and Alexandra Palace presents: Rum, Rhyme and Liming, a Caribbean social event for all the family
Jun
22
2:00 PM14:00

Tilt and Alexandra Palace presents: Rum, Rhyme and Liming, a Caribbean social event for all the family

Come and enjoy Caribbean culture and celebrate the legacy of the Windrush generation who contributed significantly to the rebuilding and the shaping of this country.  On June 22nd  Alexandra Palace will raise the roof of their newly refurbished Theatre with music, poetry, social dancing and song. Hear from a range of artists and performers including multi award-winning recipient of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry John Agard, and delight in the infectious calypso and kaiso music of Tobago Crusoe – who featured unforgettably in Paddington and Paddington 2 and was the Calypso Monarch of Trinidad and Tobago (1983).  So put on your finest, and get yourself up to the palace!

Hosted by MARTINA LAIRD and featuring

Calypso and Kaiso by TOBAGO CRUSOE

Poetry by JOHN AGARD, GRACE NICHOLS and HANNAH LOWE

Live music from the CAMILLA GEORGE BAND, Camilla George (saxophone) Winston Clifford (drums), Larry Bartley (bass) and Cameron Pierre (guitar)

BURT CAESAR performs extracts from SCHOONER FLIGHT by Derek Walcott

DON'T STOP THE CARNIVAL: A History of Black British Music curated by Kevin Le Gendre and featuring CAMILLA GEORGE and BURT CAESAR

Adults £5, Children £2

Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children - 5 to 18) £10

Seniors, unwaged, disabled, students and under 5's go FREE

 Rum, Rhyme and Liming, is co-curated and produced by Melanie Abrahams and Renaissance One in partnership with Alexandra Palace.

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Out-Spoken Live Present Kei Miller
Jun
20
7:45 PM19:45

Out-Spoken Live Present Kei Miller

Join poets Ilya Kaminsky, Kei Miller and Sabrina Mahfouz for an evening of great spoken word and music at our monthly showcase.

With Music from Lloyd Llewellyn & Gabriella Vixen

Out-Spoken, one of London's premier poetry and live music nights, is joining the Southbank Centre for a year-long residency, bringing you the best in UK poetry alongside world-class musicians.

Hosted by Joelle Taylor, Out-Spoken features Sam 'Junior' Bromfield spinning the best in reggae, soul and R&B throughout the evening.


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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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Penny Pepper at Little Gate Festival
Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

Penny Pepper at Little Gate Festival

Penny Pepper at Little Gate Festival

Just outside Hastings there’s a neat little festival brewing up some top family fun alongside a handful of amazing local bands – for Little Gate Big Festival. This the organisers are stepping away from Farm Sunday and holding a festival. On Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June, they will be celebrating the hard work of Little Gate Farm, the lives and achievements of the people they work with! There will be food, drink, live music, live performances and plenty of children’s activities. Den building, meeting the animals, stories in the sensory garden and a woodland trail. This year the farm is excited to offer camping at the beautiful farm.

ABOUT PENNY PEPPER "Why am I The Naked Punk?  

Punk is my raw beginning. It saw my writing find a raging home in early fanzines. Punk fired a freedom in me to start accepting myself, that I was OK as a human being, as a woman, as a creative, who could challenge the categories imposed upon me. 

Punk is the energy that triggered my activism, and my passion for social justice and equality.

I’m Naked because I strive to be open in my writing, to show what needs to be shown. Stories that strip away stereotype and expectation, stories that you’ve not heard before, because we’ve been barred from that privileged club for so long. My stories subvert and maybe challenge, in the same way I provoke when I’ve posed naked – literally – for artists and photographers, and when I’ve performed burlesque. To draw an audience into a nakedness, to share the fun and the message: accept yourself, accept a new story.

Sometimes it’s good to know when I’m too naked.  When the challenges we all face conspire to make us vulnerable and forgetful of protecting ourselves.  I don’t want to be in this space.  No one should, and we can find compassion for ourselves and each other to not let this happen.  Naked is always a choice.  

As The Naked Punk, I’ll always be on this bumpy journey. I don’t have answers and it’s not easy – but through my work I’ll enjoy sharing punky naked questions along the way.” 

"Penny Pepper's work is a virtuoso display of wit, invention and courage. It's thought provoking and funny and moving and makes us see the world differently" - Dame Margaret Drabble.

A genre-defying and versatile writer, Penny Pepper’s work is a mixture of the quirky and the lewd, with a focus on the examination of difference and identity.

An acclaimed author, performer and activist, Penny’s debut poetry collection Come Home Alive, was published by Burning Eye Books, September 2018. Its racy cover was immediately banned on Facebook!

Penny’s recent memoir 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 wrote the taboo-breaking short story collection, Desires Reborn in 2012 and won a Creative Futures Literary Award shortly after. 

In 2014 her one-woman spoken word show, Lost in Spaces, premiered to strong reviews at Soho Theatre. Penny also guests regularly as a columnist for The Guardian and Huffington Post. As a dynamic performance poet, she gigs across the UK, including London, Edinburgh and further afield in New York.

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That's What She Said presents Penny Pepper
May
14
7:30 PM19:30

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

ENNY PEPPER

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.

"Penny Pepper's work is a virtuoso display of wit, invention and courage. It's thought provoking and funny and moving and makes us see the world differently"

- Dame Margaret Drabble.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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