Saturday 3 March 2018

Gatherings and gigs: March/April 2018


Due to very popular demand we’ve added more tickets and more poets 
and moved across the street to take over the bigger venue  
Second Home, 68 Hanbury Street 

LIVEwire poetry party 
Curated especially for #HeForShe#ArtsWeekLdn by Salena Godden 
Award winning, game changing poets, new faces and headline names! 
Joelle Taylor, Inua Ellams, Dzifa Benson, Matt Abbott, Michelle Fisher, 
Selina Nwulu, Connor Byrne, Lisa Luxx and Sabrina Mahfouz.

Join us for an evening of powerful LIVE spoken word as part of #HeForShe #ArtsWeekLdn. This line-up includes phenomenal prize-winning poets, rising stars and live spoken word to raise awareness for UN Women.

The night is curated and hosted by Salena Godden author of Fishing in the Aftermath: Poems 1994-2014, and literary childhood memoir Springfield Road. Her live spoken word album LIVEwire was released with Nymphs and Thugs and shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award 2017. New work, Pessimism Is For Lightweights, will be published by Rough Trade Books in June 2018.

Joining Salena's line-up for this very special one-off LIVEwire event are headline acts:

Joelle Taylor award winning poet, playwright, essayist and author, and the founder of the Poetry Society’s national youth slam championships. She has performed her poetry in venues ranging from the 100 Club to Parliament, and is the host for Out-Spoken poetry and music club in London. Her highly acclaimed new collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me was published in July 2017 by Out-Spoken Press.

Inua Ellams Award-winning poet, playwright and founder of the Midnight Run and author of award winning Barbershop Chronicles. Identity, displacement and destiny are reoccurring themes in his work. Inua has just been announced as the Tower of London's official poet 2018.

Lisa Luxx is a British Syrian writer, performer, philosopher and activist. Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, VICE, TEDx, BBC Radio Leeds and heralded as one of the UK’s top four queer poets by Diva magazine.

Sabrina Mahfouz Her prize winning plays include With a Little Bit of Luck and Clean which transferred to New York in 2014. The poetry collection How You Might Know Me was published with Out-Spoken Press and the literary anthology The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write is with saqi Books and has been longslisted for the Grand Prix Literary prize.

Michelle Fisher Writer and performance poet from Glasgow. Resident Artist at the Roundhouse. She has supported some of the UK's top performers including Kate Tempest and Hollie McNish.

Selina Nwulu writer, social researcher and campaigner, who has recently finished her tenure as Young Poet Laureate for London. She is currently Writer and Creator in Residence at the Free Word Centre and Wellcome Trust.

Matt Abbott spoken word artist, activist and founding owner of independent spoken word record label Nymphs & Thugs. He is the founding owner of Nymphs & Thugs, and his Two Little Ducks show won 5* reviews during a full run at Edinburgh Fringe 2017.

Dzifa Benson Multi-disciplinary live artist, currently studying for an MA in Text & Performance at Birkbeck and RADA. She is also a Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critic.

Connor Byrne has been writing and sharing his work for two years, including at Trans Pride Brighton in the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes. He was Roundhouse Slam finalist in 2017.

This evening is just one of the many amazing events happening as part of UN Women's HeForShe Arts Week with all proceeds going to charity. Visit with listings of more events for London artists and audiences to challenge the old stories, create a new narrative, change mind-sets and raise funds to change the reality for millions of women and girls through discussion, debate, dance, music, theatre, exhibitions and experience.

Spring 2018

Salena Godden is one of Britain’s foremost poets whose electrifying live performances and BBC radio broadcasts have earned her a devoted following.

Author of poetry collections Under The Pier (Nasty Little Press); Fishing in the Aftermath: Poems 1994-2014 (Burning Eye); literary childhood memoir Springfield Road (Unbound) and Shade published in the ground breaking essay anthology The Good Immigrant (Unbound). Her live poetry album LIVEwire was released with indie spoken word label Nymphs and Thugs and shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award in 2017.

A pamphlet collection of latest poems Pessimism Is For Lightweights, pieces of courage and resistance, will be published by Rough Trade Books in June 2018. Rough Trade Books is an exciting new publishing venture in the mould of the pioneering record label.

Mrs Death Misses Death is a new work in progress. This will be Salena's debut novel, a fiction with a soundtrack composed by Peter Coyte. Early drafts of this work were shared at a sold out show at Last Word Festival, The Roundhouse, June 2017. This project is in development, supported by Blah, Blah, Blah at The Bristol Old Vic and The Society of Authors. A BBC documentary Mrs Death Misses Death is in production, scheduled for broadcast later in 2018. 

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