Brent Poet Laureate Launch
Friday, June 21, 2013
London, UK HA9 0FJ
Brent is excited to announce their first Poet Laureate – Simon Mole.
Join Simon and special guests Inua Ellams, John Agard and Warsan Shire for a fantastic evening of poetry and spoken word.
This event is FREE but you will need to book tickets here: http://poetryinword.eventbrite.co.uk/
** The Brent Poet Laureate - Simon Mole:
Simon Mole is a London-based poet, emcee, and theatre maker with an eye for the often overlooked in the everyday - his infectious enthusiasm for seeing and re-seeing the world around him is an open invitation for you to do the same.
Simon is one fifth of the Chill Pill Collective, curating and performing at hugely popular poetry nights at Soho Theatre, the Albany, and Roundhouse. His groundbreaking one-man show Indiana Jones and the extra chair has sold-out two London runs and is currently touring nationally while Simon develop his latest show No More Worries.
More about the other poets:
** John Agard
John is a playwright, poet, short-story and children's writer from Guyana, and a former Writer in Residence at the South Bank Centre and Poet in Residence at the BBC.
He has won over five awards for his works and this year is the recipient of the Queen's Award Medal for Poetry. His poem Half Caste has been featured in the English GCSE anthology since 2002 meaning that many students have studied his work. He tours regularly with literature company renaissance one giving exhilarating performances of his work and delighting audiences of all ages with his wordplay and imagination.
** Inua Ellams
An internationally touring poet/playwright/performer, Inua has seven published books including 'Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales', and 'The 14th Tale' which was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival, before a sold out run at The National Theatre. His third theatre piece, Black T-Shirt Collection also completed a sold out run at the National Theatre in 2012.
** Warsan Shire
2007 international slam champion Warsan Shire is a London based Somali poet, writer, freelance journalist and spoken word artist who uses her deeply moving poetry to voice the silenced and misunderstood. She has performed and toured extensively across the UK and North America. Born in Kenya, her poetry is mixture of English and African languages. In 2012 she published her first book of poetry, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth.
What can I say about our third featured poet for the Brent Poet Laureate launch this Friday?! Basically he’s a total legend and it’s a huge honour to have him involved. John Agard is one of those names that my non-poetry friends know and respect and get excited about, a lot of them probably studied him at school and I often find those that did remember his poems fondly…
This year John is the recipient of the Queen’s Award Medal for Poetry, and in the past he has been Writer in Residence at the South Bank Centre and Poet in Residence at the BBC. Nuff said.
Step one: watch him do his thing below…
Step two: reserve your FREE ticket to see him on Friday evening!
I became a big fan of Warsan’s poetry after reading her first collection last year. The book is called ‘Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth’ and is full of powerfully affecting poems documenting narratives of journey and trauma with a strikingly simple beauty. Me and Raymond Antrobus booked her to perform at Keats House as part of an event there, and this first video is of Warsan reading her poem ‘conversations about home (at the deportation centre)’ at that event.
You can see Warsan read alongside Inua Ellams and John Agard as part of the (FREE) launch event for my role as the Brent Poet Laureate, which is on Friday June 21st. All the details for that can be found here…
I wanted also to include this video featuring Warsan’s writing. It’s called ‘Excuses for why we failed at love’ and has a really different feel to a lot of poetry videos around. Great stuff.