Keats House Poets present... Daljit Nagra
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Keats House, Keats Grove
Hampstead, London, UK NW3 2RR
Keats house poets present...
A chilled out Sunday afternoon of (FREE) poetry, Open Mic & spoken word...
With performances from:
and this month's awesome headliner Daljit Nagra (find out more about him below)
And of course the much loved open mic!
Where: Keats House, Keats Grove, London. NW3 2RR.
Nearest tube: Hamstead Heath.
What: Keats House is a museum. A vibrant, thriving museum dedicated to the poetry of John Keats, and to poetry in general. But it is a museum none the less. As well as supporting the development of these exciting young artists, the Keats House Poets do what we can to ensure that on top of honoring the poetry of the past, Keats house is also a platform for the poetry of the future!
POETRY LIVES HERE!
If you’re a poet looking to perform at this prestigious venue, we’ll be hosting an open mic too but spaces are limited so arrive early to sign up..
More about our headliner:
Daljit Nagra was born and raised in West London, then Sheffield. He currently lives in Harrow with his wife and daughters and works in a secondary school. His first collection, Look We Have Coming to Dover!, won the 2007 Forward Prize for Best First Collection and was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award. In 2008 he won the South Bank Show/Arts Council Decibel Award. Tippoo Sultan's Incredible White-Man-Eating Tiger Toy-Machine!!! was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize 2011.
This is the first in a mini-series of posts to introduce you to the incredible poets I’ve managed to persuade to grace the stage at the (FREE) launch event for my role as the Brent Poet Laureate, which is taking place on Friday June 21st. First up, Mr. ‘two of my solo shows sold out their runs at The National’ himself – Inua Ellams!
I first saw Inua performing in a library in Acton back in about 2007 when I didn’t even really know what spoken word was. It was another few years before the emphasis in my creative life shifted from hip hop to poetry and story-telling, but I always remember that funny little event as a turning point when I realised that poetry could speak to me so strongly through live performance.
This video is of Inua performing his basketball inspired poem ‘leather comets’, which is a favourite of mine.
Inua’s poetry is great to read on the page too, and his pamphlets ‘Candy Caoted Unicorns And Converse All Stars’ and ‘The Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales’ are available from Flipped Eye.