UK LAUNCHES, FESTIVALS & READINGS
It is now officially summer, whatever the weather is doing! It’s been an amazing and busy season so far and I’ve been on tour, travelling far and wide, from Singapore, South Carolina and California to Sweden and Trinidad & Tobago.
First up is the UK premiere of Morbleu, a choreography/poetry film I made with Ella Mesma, Fiona Melville and Andrea Allegra through Nathalie Teitler’s innovative collaborative project Dancing Words, which also features new films from Malika Booker and Kayo Chingonyi. Join us at the October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury WC1N 3AL, Saturday 18 June, 7-9 pm. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday 22 June from 7pm, I’ll be joining Colin Grant, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Nick Makoha and Hirsh Sawney at Waterstone’s Piccadilly for a reading and discussion reflecting on the tour and the reception of Speaking Volumes’ BREAKING GROUND: Black British Writing in the States.
I spent half of last year in residence at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. The culmination of that project is a collaborative pamphlet VOYAGE with my co-author Sophie Herxheimer, which explores migration through a mix of my own family history, macro-political exposures and ink narratives that give voice to migrants and refugees. Join us for a drop-in launch and discussion at the Maritime Museum in Greenwich, 2-4pm, Friday 24 June.
This year’s Forward Prize has just been announced and praised for its diverse selection. Last year wasn’t too shabby either (IMHO!) — so come join me, Matthew Siegel and 2015’s winner Mona Arshi for a mini-reunion, along with Yomi Sode and Jill Abram on Monday 27 June, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB. 7pm.
If you don’t like Mondays, then there is always Wednesday 29 June, 7pm when I’ll be reading new poems from VOYAGE on some of my pet subjects — namely London, migration and gentrification at Anthony Anaxagorou’s night Outspoken at the Forge, 3-7 Delancey Street, Camden NW1 7NL with Joelle Taylor and Keith Jay.
Then I skip town for a few days on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 July to join the deliciously European VERSOPOLIS crew at the Ledbury Poetry Festival, including the utterly mesmerising Norwegian poet Monica Aasprong who I read with in Sweden. I’ll also be reading at the Anniversary Anthology Showcase: Hwaet! 7pm–9pm.
& finally, if you can’t make any of these dates, then you can always read some of my new work in the Summer Edition of The Poetry Review!