- Wheelchair Access
- Sat 28 Oct, 7:30pm
Venue: Café gallery
The UK’s most delicious spoken word event is back in partnership with Ovalhouse. Hosted by Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger, warmly welcoming audiences from all walks of life to a feast of the finest poets, lyricists and musicians.
Make sure you buy your *TICKET WITH FOOD* by midnight on Friday! You'll still be able to buy tickets without food on Saturday, and food will be available to buy in the cafe on the night, but our £14 ticket is the best deal!
Open mic: there are six slots on offer - arrive early to secure your spot on the mic.
Sean Mahoney, a writer and performer from London. His first show, Until You Hear That Bell, focused on the world of Amateur Boxing. His new show, Back of the Head with a Brick looks at London and violent thoughts.
Joelle Taylor, a multi award-winning poet, playwright, performer and author, was recently awarded a Southbank Centre Change Maker prize, awarded annually in recognition of life changing work, as well as a Fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts.
www.joelletaylor.co.uk | @jtaylortrash
Kayo Chingonyi, a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry, winner of the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and the 2015-16 Associate Poet at the ICA. His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, is published by Chatto & Windus.
Food by Streamz, a social enterprise café based at St Mark's, Kennington, serving delicious traditional Caribbean and African dishes, including vegetarian options that don't compromise on flavour , so all can enjoy!
@comerhymewithus | deannarodger.co.uk
- Sat 28 Oct, 7:30pm
Sean Mahoney is a writer and performer from London. He helps run the spoken word night Boxedin with Yomi Sode and Amina Jama, which has entered it's fifth year running. His first show, Until You Hear That Bell, focused on the world of Amateur Boxing. It had a three week run at the Battersea Arts Centre, plus runs at the Albany, Stratford Circus and the Unicorn theatre and a six month tour across the country, doing the show in boxing gyms to an audience of artists and boxers. His new show, Back of the Head with a Brick looks at London and violent thoughts. It's playing at the Bill Murray Comedy club and the Battersea Arts Centre in November.
Joelle Taylor is an award winning poet, playwright, performer, critic and author with over 16 years’ experience of facilitating masterclasses in schools, colleges and universities across the country. A former UK slam champion, she founded the national youth slam championships SLAMbassadors in 2001 (making it the longest running youth slam in Europe) and remains the Artistic Director and National Coach. She has performed her poetry nationally and internationally (Greece, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Brazil, Finland, Indonesia) in venues ranging from the 100 Club to Buckingham Palace, and is the host Out-Spoken poetry and music club at The Forge in Camden.
A member of pioneering 90’s polyvocal poetry collective Atomic Lip, her first collection Ska Tissue is in its 4th edition, and her last The Woman Who Was Not There was named as one of the UK’s recommended collections in the Morning Star. Her new collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me will be published in July 2017 by Out-Spoken Press. As a part of the Songs My Enemy Taught Me project she is leading a series of 18 free masterclasses with women and girl’s groups across the UK, funded by the Arts Council, with the aim of empowering women to write their own stories and to publish thein an online archive.
She has been anthologised widely in English, Portuguese, Polish, Finnish, Arabic and Ndebele, AND was a featured poet in the film Page Fright, alongside Benjamin Zephaniah, Hollie McNish and Dizraeli. She also featured in the BBC documentary about spoken word in post Brexit Britain We Belong Here, alongside Lemn Sissay and Sabrina Mahfouz and recently appeared on Educating the East End and The One Show.
Her novel The Woman Who Looked Through Walls is undergoing edits for publication in 2018.
She is a Subject for Study on the OCR English syllabus, and has featured on Tedx Talks and Outsider Lectures.
She was recently awarded a Southbank Centre Change Maker prize, awarded annually in recognition of life changing work, as well as a Fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts.
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Kayo Chingonyi is a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry and the author of two pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012) and The Colour of James Brown’s Scream (Akashic, 2016). Kayo has been invited to read from his work around the world and his poems have been translated into Spanish, German, and Swedish. He was awarded the 2012 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and served as Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from Autumn 2015 to Spring 2016. His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, is published by Chatto & Windus.
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