Creative Salon is a relaxing and stimulating forum for all who work in, support, or are interested in, poetry and spoken word whether you are a writer, artist, practitioner, producer, small business owner, agency, or have a newly created role. The December session offers a talk by LEMN SISSAY, a popular poet, presenter and broadcaster. An Official Poet for the 2012 London Olympics, he is an Associate Artist at Southbank Centre. He is also a Patron of The Letterbox Club that supports children in care and has spoken frankly of his experiences in care, as well as developed acclaimed theatre and art projects based on his experiences. In 2009, Sissay was made an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Huddersfield, and in the 2010 New Year Honours list he received an MBE. Watch his TED talk ‘A Child of the State' here.
This London Liming at Rich Mix is a words meets music special for which the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry 2012 recipient, JOHN AGARD, presents his own personally hand-picked guest readers and performers. Spanning several generations of poets, singers and wordsmiths it features LEMN SISSAY, CAROLINE BIRD, ALEXANDER D GREAT, JAMES INGHAM, MELANIE ABRAHAMS, and AGARD himself, this will be surely one of the most exhilarating spoken word line ups in some time...For more info click here
renaissance one presents WE TALK OF PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, a unique Literature and Spoken Word show in which a talented group of local writers aged 15 to 21 years share a stage with leading poets Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE, Mark Gwynne Jones and Sureshot and all offer their own personal take on the theme of Pride and Prejudice. This show offers playful, witty, soulful and provocative responses to the Jane Austen novel and the book’s central themes in its bicentenary year. It is part of a new intergenerational project for Sheffield residents and artists to engage them in literature, orality and sharing stories, and is developed by renaissance one in partnership with Writing Yorkshire and Off The Shelf.
Creative Salon is a relaxing and stimulating forum for all who work in, support, or are interested in, poetry and spoken word. At our last salon, the US-based poet, publisher and rock star Jessica Care Moore offered her insights on developing a career in writing and performance followed by a group discussion. Jessica was brought up in and still resides in Detroit, and she is a contributor to the city's burgeoning arts and activism scene. Read more about Creative Salon here
On 27 September, The James Berry Fundraising Project and renaissance one presented A Story I Am In, a special benefit at the Tabernacle for poet James Berry. Thank you to all who attended and supported this event. In the coming weeks we will notify attendees of the event's outcomes and our plans for future activity to generate awareness, funds and tributes for this remarkable poet.
Berry celebrates 90 years of poetry, stories and song in 2014. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease nine years ago, and has been in residential care for over two years, five different care homes and has spent four months in hospital. Despite the serious nature of his illness, he continues to enjoy listening to poetry and talking about everything under the sun. In this special fundraising benefit at the Tabernacle, nineteen outstanding poets, musician, performers and wordsmiths shared a stage to mark Berry’s life in words and bear witness to his contribution to the national, Caribbean and international literary landscapes.
Featuring Roger McGough, Grace Nichols, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Ian McMillan, Maura Dooley, Andrew Motion, Michael Rosen, Hannah Lowe, John Agard, arroll Thompson, Victor Romero Evans, Janet Kay, Michael Horovitz, Inua Ellams, Dean Atta, Susanna Howard, Myra Barrs, Alastair Niven, Melanie Abrahams and James Ingham, and Keith Waithe
Tickets £45. Early Bird ticket £35. All Proceeds from the event go to the James Berry Trust. Event produced by renaissance one in partnership with the Carnival Village Trust, Living Words and English Pen.
"Paul Keens-Douglas celebrates our rich cultural amalgam and Caribbean landscapes like nobody else does"
Tilt and the Tabernacle presents two nights of PAUL KEENS-DOUGLAS, an Trinidadian storyteller, raconteur and public speaker who is also creator of the famous annual Carnival Talk Tent in Trinidad. He is a recipient of a Zora Neale Hurston Award and the Humming Bird Silver Medal for Culture. He was a guest artist at last year's London Is The Place For Me festival which was part of a summer 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Village that was initiated and presented by the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission. Bookings open this week!
This Tilt’s London Liming offers an enthusiastic and fun-filled event, where people can mix, drink and dance. With a special theme of COMBUSTICATION! this is an unmissable blend of music and spoken word featuring MOBO Award Winner and Mercury Prize Nominee alto-saxophonist and rapper SOWETO KINCH, plus poetry from the acclaimed PATIENCE AGBABI and MARK GWYNNE-JONES.
SOWETO KINCH is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes. A graduate in Modern History from Oxford University, he has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic - including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, two UMA Awards and a MOBO for best Jazz Act. In 2007, he won his second MOBO Award where he was announced as the winner in the Best Jazz Act category - fending off stiff competition from the likes of Wynton Marsalis. As a hip hop MC and producer he has supported and performed alongside KRS ONE, Dwele, Mos Def, Rodney P and BBC 1-Xtra's Twin B.
HANNAH LOWE’s first book of poems takes you on a personal journey, and exploration of, her father, a Chinese-Black Jamaican migrant who disappeared at night to play cards or dice in London's old East End to support his family. Chick was his gambling nickname. With London as the backdrop to the poems, Hannah Lowe's narrative is often filmic in effect and brimming with sensory detail in their evocations of childhood and coming-of-age, love and loss of love, grief and regret.
What they say...‘...An extraordinary debut...a poet with a commanding style; her voice is entirely her own, both rich and laconic. These are poems springing from the page with vitality, rue and insight. Her elegies are restrained and devastating. ’ Penelope Shuttle.
Time: 6.30pm - 9pm
Venue: Jamaican High Commission, 1 Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BZ Admission: Free.
The Royal Albert Hall, in association with Renaissance One presents:
TONGUE FU, one of London’s liveliest spoken word nights, comes to the Elgar Room. A riotous experiment in live literature, music, film and improvisation, it is surprising, sometimes hilarious, often poignant and always unrehearsed. The evening features MOBO award winning and Mercury Music Prize nominated alto-saxophonist and MC SOWETO KINCH; performance poet and musician CHRIS REDMOND; one of Europe's leading storytellers, JAN BLAKE; and the TONGUE FU band.
SOWETO KINCH is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes. Undoubtedly, one of the few artists in either genre with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University he has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic - including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, two UMA Awards and a MOBO for best Jazz Act. In 2007, he won his second MOBO Award where he was announced as the winner in the Best Jazz Act category - fending off stiff competition from the likes of Wynton Marsalis. His skills as a hip hop MC and producer have also garnered him recognition in the urban music world: having supported the likes of KRS ONE, Dwele and TY, and being championed by the likes of Mos Def, Rodney P and BBC 1-Xtra's Twin B.
Date: 19 February, 8.00 PM
Venue: Royal Albert Hall, Elgar Room.
For Booking, please click here.
A carnival-style mash-up of the best artists from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, based in the UK. Join us for the sounds, tastes and feeling of the islands - dancing optional!
LONDON LIMING: carnival meets spoken word ANTHONY JOSEPH, SALENA GODDEN, ATTILLAH SPRINGER, HANNAH LOWE, MELANIE ABRAHAMS, KAY REMEDY and guests
Music, literature readings and performance by internationally renowned dub poet LINTON KWESI JOHNSON, UK Calypso Monarch Winner 2010 & 2011 ALEXANDER D GREAT and a special presentation of Lovers Rock Monologues by JANET KAY, VICTOR ROMERO EVANS and CARROLL THOMPSON.
renaissance one and Apples and Snakes co-host a CREATIVE SALON for writers, creative practitioners and producers - our last session was in October 2012.
The event is a fun, relaxing forum, with the emphasis on creativity, connecting and sharing.Within each salon there is conversation, short presentations and skills sharing within a convivial environment, and the chance to meet new artists and practitioners. The salons offer support, opportunities and mentoring, areas of great importance for the literature sector.
The October session featured presentations from Jamaican journalist and writer DIANA MCCAULAY and ALEXEI NUNES and colleagues from MELLOW 9 (film company).
The Venue: Rich Mix (Bar), 35 Bethnal Green Rd London E1 6LA
Who is it for? For writers, practitioners, producers, spoken word artists and all those who work in, support, or are interested in, literature, poetry and spoken word formats. In true salon style it is cosmopolitan, and all are welcome.
Speakers featured at previous salons have included playwrights and poets DEAN ATTA, DEANNA RODGER and PHILIP WELLS, fundraising consultant ANGEL DAHOUK, poet and co-founder of Bang Said The Gun DAN COCKRILL, writer and producer ANJAN SAHA, poet and Artistic Director of Slambassadors UK JOELLE TAYLOR, spoken word, hip-hop and theatre writer-performer SIMON MOLE, Fundraising and Arts Consultant ANGEL DAHOUK, music producer TABITHA TIMOTHY a music producer, RAKESH PARMAR a marketing practitioner, writer and editor NIALL O'SULLIVAN, and artist RICHARD MARSH.
The Salon is followed by a live Spoken Word Show - where 'spoken word meets music and carnival' - called Tilt's London Liming. Read more at www.ontilt.org.
How often does the salon run? Every other month, however due to a planning break, the next salon will be on 11 APRIL 2013 at 4pm.
Tilt, renaissance one and the British Library present AMIRI BARAKA.
Before the Beats there was Jazz poetry. Experience an unmissable visit by the world-renowned poet, a leading figure of the evolution of the spoken word genre, who has influenced politics, artistic practice and cultural change on an international scale. During this event, Baraka will be offering readings and performance from the rich collection of his work. The reading will be preceded by a Q & A between Baraka and Dr Corinne Fowler on his career and influences.
His controversial career spans five decades: from his involvement with Jack Kerouac and the Beats in the 1960s through Black cultural nationalism to collaboration with the hip-hop group The Roots.
'As a contemporary American artist Baraka must be ranked with the likes of John Coltrane, Ralph Ellison…; as the Father of the Black Arts Movement'. William J. Harris
Baraka will introduced by Corinne Fowler, a Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature at the University of Leicester, UK. He will then be offering readings and performance from the rich collection of his work.
Enjoy an evening of poetry, songs and readings marking the 50th birthday of Jamaica's independence and the publication of a major new anthology, Jubilation!
Two of the best-known Jamaican poets, MERVYN MORRIS and KWAME DAWES, are joined by writer JANETT PLUMMER, musician AYANNA and singer-songwriter KAY REMEDY, to reflect on the historical moment of independence and the years that have followed.
Kwame Dawes is a distinguished international poet, a writer of over thirty books and an accomplished playwright, producer, actor and singer. Born in Ghana and raised in Jamaica, he is a winner of awards including an Emmy Award and the Forward Prize.
“Kwame Dawes is one of the most important writers of his generation ….a mighty and lasting body of work...”. Elizabeth Alexander (Poet, Inaugural Ceremony, President Obama)
Mervyn Morris is an established Jamaican poet, published by among others the prestigious Carcanet publishing house. In 1992 he was Visiting Writer- in-Residence at the South Bank Centre and he is Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing & West Indian Literature at the University of the West Indies.
“An engraver in short, sharp, slashes that go deep”. Andrew Salkey
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: £7.50 / £5 concessions
For more information and booking, click here
Creative Salon is a relaxing and stimulating forum for all who work in, support, or are interested in, poetry and spoken word whether you are a writer, artist, practitioner, producer, small business owner, agency, or have a newly created role. Performance poets and creative practitioners PANYA BANJOKO and JOHN BERKAVITCH offered insights as guest presenters followed by general discussion. Read more about Creative Salon here
renaissance one and the British Library presents an evening of poetry and prose with some of Britain’s best Black and Asian poets. Celebrating the re-mapping of Britain created through Out of Bounds, a new poetry anthology from Bloodaxe Books edited by Jackie Kay, James Procter and Gemma Robinson, you are invited to help us launch the book in London, and join us on a riveting sensory journey from Aberdeen to Isle of Wight with readings by acclaimed poets and writers JOHN AGARD, GRACE NICHOLS, DALJIT NAGRA and CAROL LEEMING.
6.30pm - 8pm Tickets £7.50/£5 concessions.
London Is the Place For Me festival commemorates and celebrates 50 years of Trinidad and Tobago independence at the Tricycle Theatre from Sun 12 - Sat 25 August.This two week happening offers some of T & T's finest artists, thinkers and shapers including EARL LOVELACE, DEBRA ROMAIN, PAUL KEENS DOUGLAS, ALEXANDER D GREAT, MARTINA LAIRD, LAWRENCE SCOTT, MONIQUE ROFFEY, AMANDA SMYTH, ANTHONY JOSEPH, ROGER ROBINSON and a book launch of THE POEMS OF SAM SELVON. Curated by MELANIE ABRAHAMS and DOMINIQUE LE GENDRE.
The Bernie Grant Trust in association with Bernie Grant Arts Centre and renaissance one invites you to commemorate
A Great Day In Britain - 25 Years On
A reunion and celebration of progress marking a quarter of a century of advancing political representation
5.30pm to 9pm at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre N15 4RX
offers Reunion, Commemoration, Food, Music, Film, Spoken Word and more, including performances by Shazia Mirza, Alexander D Great and Adisa
Free admission, but please RSVP to renaissance one at email@example.com by midday 10 June 2012
Saturday 2 June at 6pm
EXTREME HAPPY FAIR: a ‘spoken word fair' of speech juggling, poetry, live art, lucky dips, philosophy, and jam. Featuring Poet In Residence John Hegley, poet Jasmine Cooray, Comedian Prince Abdi, THE EXTREME HAPPINESS EXPERIMENT by Mesmer, Mystic, Philosopher and Magician Jonny Blamey, poet Philip Wells and other assorted guests. Free, BOOK HERE
‘Poetry’s answer to Mark Thomas…expert performance skills’ Chortle
Pete The Temp (BA, MA, PhD, PDF) is a poet, a lover and a damn fine administrator. Watch him solve the climate change using only his mouth! High octane spoken word meets musical comedy, political commentary, and audience participation in this hour long show.
14 and 16 May at 8pm: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG Tickets £7/£5 BOOK TICKETS HERE
About Pete The Temp: Pete has shared a stage with Bill Bailey, Mark Thomas, Stewart Lee, Josie Long, John Hegley, Elvis McGonnagal and Howard Marx and performed at over 20 festivals – Edinburgh, Oxford, Bristol and Brighton Fringe - making him about as common a feature in a festival field as a porter loo.
Visit Pete's website HERE
Show produced by renaissance one, in association with Apples and Snakes, The Albany and the Cockpit Theatre, and is supported by Arts Council England.
Tilt’s London Liming teamed up with Come Rhyme With Me (Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger) to present an array of delicious spoken word, song and music appetisers and poetic main courses from the award-winning INUA ELLAMS, FLOetic Lara, JASMINE COORAY , JAMES MASSIAH, MARIA FERGUSON & DOUGIE HASTINGS, and hosted by DEAN ATTA, DEANNA RODGER and MELANIE ABRAHAMS. Plus soca, Brazilian, reggae and dance tunes by DJ CLIFFY. More info HERE
Tilt’s London Liming: where spoken word meets carnival is on 8 December 7.30pm at Rich Mix
featuring Michael Horovitz, Charlie Dark, Francesca Beard, Sureshot, James Ingham and host Melanie Abrahams. Music by DJ Cliffy.
renaissance one presents Grace Nichols and John Agard at the exciting Literary Leicester festival presented by the University of Leicester. From Guyana to the shores of England,Grace Nichols and John Agard have provided the world with an honest and searing insight into the poetry artform, their beloved country and Guyana's connection with the world. Both poets are studied on the GCSE curriculum.
Grace Nichols’s first poetry collection, ‘I is a Long-Memoried Woman’, was published in 1983 and won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize.
John Agard is a playwright, poet, short-story
and children’s writer. ‘The Young Inferno’ (2008), a
poetic reworking of Dante’s Infern for young people,
won the 2009 CLPE Poetry Award.
Time: 7.30pm - 8.30pm at the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson Building South Wing, University of Leicester.
Tickets free and available from Embrace Arts on 0116 252 2455. Event in association with the University of Leicester
Monday 7 November 7pm at Free Word Centre
renaissance one with Peepal Tree, Bloodaxe and Free Word launched the first full-length poetry collections by Christian Campbell - 'Running The Dusk' - and Jacob Sam-La Rose - 'Breaking Silence'. The evening offered readings by both poets of their new work and a Q & A, set within a salon style environment.
Both poets are active, resonant and connecting within the international literature scene; they explore the poetry form, modernity and their Caribbean heritage and links, in ways that is invigorating to the poetry form, and its possibilities.
What they say...
“Running the Dusk gives us a new voice for Caribbean arts and letters...the gutsy work of a long-distance runner who possesses the wit and endurance, the staying power of authentic genius.” Yusef Komunyakaa
About Jacob Sam-La Rose ‘Passionate about poetry and its power to change people’s lives, he’s a lesson to us all. He’s also a damn fine writer.’ Patrick Neate
Jacob Sam-La Rose has often been cited as ‘a one-man literary industry’ for his galvanising ethos within literature . He is the Artistic Director of the London Teenage Poetry SLAM, an editor for flipped eye press and a facilitator of many literature and participation projects. His work has appeared in Identity Parade and Michael Rosen’s A-Z: The Best Children’s Poetry from Agard to Zephaniah, and his pamphlet Communion was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice in 2006.
Christian Campbell studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and lives in Toronto. He has received grants and fellowships from Cave Canem, the Arvon Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center and elsewhere. He lives in Toronto. He was in England in 2011 as a winner of the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2010, one of the most important and established poetry awards in the UK.
Gary Younge’s recent book 'Who Are We - and Should It Matter in the 21st Century?' offers a timely overview of identity and affiliation in changing times. This tour presents Younge in a lively spoken word format that includes readings of extracts from the book, searing presentation and a Q & A. He tours to Birmingham, Nottingham, London, Sheffield and Bristol.
Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze tours her new Book-DVD Third World Girl to the following cities and venues:
ENGLAND TOUR DATES
21 June LEICESTER Hansom Hall
23 June BIRMINGHAM Birmingham Central Library,
9 July LEDBURY Ledbury Poetry Festival
19 July LONDON New Beacon Books, London
6 October ILKLEY Ilkley Playhouse
15 October RUTLAND open all day from 11am
Rutland Museum, Catmose St, Oakham LE15 6HW 01572 758 440
In association with The Lyric Lounge and Writing East Midlands
22 October MANCHESTER Contact Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA
In association with Manchester Literature Festival and Speakeasy MORE INFO HERE
Tour produced by renaissance one in partnership with Bloodaxe, and with Birmingham Libraries, BASS Festival, Punch Records, Birmingham Council, Writing East Midlands, The Lyric Lounge, Ledbury Festival, Ilkley Literature Festival, Writing School Leicester, Leicester Adult Skills and Writing Service, New Beacon Books, George Padmore Institute, Manchester Literature Festival, Contact Theatre, Speakeasy. Supported by Arts Council England. Third World Girl is published by Bloodaxe (2011)
Earlier this year renaissance one teamed up with Vox Africa who produce the 'Shoot The Messenger' magazine show, to develop three arts segments presenting the best in spoken word.
The first segment in March offered an insight into Caribbean spoken word and Jamaican folklorist Louise Bennett click here to watch
The April segment featured writer-performer Adisa click here to watch
The May-June segment featured Jean 'Binta' Breeze
Jean 'Binta' Breeze - what they say '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. Her poetry shifts effortlessly through standard English to a native Jamaican which has no equal in its emotional depth' The Herald
Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze launches her new Book-DVD Third World Girl in London at New Beacon Books. New Beacon was one of the first venues to host Jean when she arrived from Jamaica as a young aspirant poet and communicator and it has cut a dash as a trailblazing publisher, a cultural mouthpiece, and a home-from-home for many.
Event in association with New Beacon Books, George Padmore Institute and Bloodaxe
Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Kimberley Trusty, Adisa, Michael Brome aka Sureshot and music by Psykhomantus
This event showcases Jean Binta Breeze’s new Book-DVD Third World Girl along with poems, tunes and lyrics responding to a theme of revolution from some of the finest spoken word performers. Curated by Melanie Abrahams for BASS Festival 2011, the event offers dub poetry by Ms Breeze, ‘verbalism’ by Adisa, the potent lyricism of Kimberley and Sureshot, and dazzling turntablist feats by Psykhomantus (2009 DMC Supremacy Champion), and is an unmissable event! Supported by BASS Festival 2011 and in partnership with Birmingham Libraries.
23 June 7pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Birmingham Library Theatre , Birmingham B3 3HQ Tickets £4 BOOK HERE
View all Bass Festival events here
London Is the Place For Me marked 50 years of Trinidad and Tobago independence in August 1012, through a two week festival curated by Melanie Abrahams and Dominique Le Gendre.
As part of a month-long cultural festival hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission (TTHC), this two week happening at the Tricycle Theatre, offered some of T & T's finest artists, thinkers and shapers including EARL LOVELACE, MONIQUE ROFFEY, PAUL KEENS-DOUGLAS, ALEXANDER D GREAT, MARTINA LAIRD, LAWRENCE SCOTT, AMANDA SMYTH, ANTHONY JOSEPH, ROGER ROBINSON and a book launch of THE POEMS OF SAM SELVON.
In May 2011 renaissance one and Canongate launched Dan Rhode's Little Hands Clapping paperback, a winner of an E M Forster Award, with readings by Dan and special guest writer/multimedia performer Barry Yourgrau.
DAN RHODES is the author of five other books including Anthropology, Don’t Tell Me the Truth About Love and, writing as Danuta de Rhodes, The Little White Car. He has been named one of the Twenty Best of Young British Novelists by Granta magazine and one of the Best British Novelists Under Forty by the Daily Telegraph. In 2010 he won the E.M. Forster Award.
New York-based writer and multimedia performer BARRY YOURGRAU’s latest book is Gangster Fables, short stories with variations on gangster motifs and he is also published in Monkey Business: New Voices from Japan. He has performed on MTV and National Public Radio and his The Sadness of Sex movie has been an online success.
"I can never remember my dreams, so Barry Yourgrau's stories are a pretty good substitute" David Byrne
A renaissance one production in association with Canongate
In 2010 renaissance one produced a tour by award-winning writer Caryl Phillips for the paperback of his novel, In the Falling Snow, a story of contemporary Britain (Vintage).
ABOUT THE BOOK
The streets of modern-day England are hectic, multicultural, and difficult to read if you are a white-collar, middle-aged man. Phillips exquisitely captures the important themes for the times by including the experiences of the third generation.
The tour ran from 20 - 25 October 2010 and covered literature festivals and universities including Off The Shelf and Manchester Literature Festival and cities Leicester, Sheffield, London and Manchester.
CARYL PHILLIPS was born in St Kitts and lives in New York. A Professor of English at Yale University, he is the author of twelve works including Booker prize shortlisted novel Crossing the River and the Commonwealth Writers Prize winning novel A Distant Shore.
20 October: Leicester 02 Academy
21 October: Manchester Metropolitan University as part of Manchester Literature Festival
23 October: Southbank Centre as part of Tilt's 'Something I Said? Spoken Word Festival in association with Southbank Centre (Event shared with Maggie Gee, and chaired by Gary McKeone)
25 October: Sheffield,The Showroom as part of Off the Shelf Festival
Tour produced by renaissance one in association with Embrace Arts, Everybody's Reading, Writing East Midlands, Manchester Literature Festival, Southbank Centre, Off The Shelf Festival & Tilt.ca