Spoken Word Event
Thu 11 October 2018 17:30-20:00
The Deep End - Regent Street Campus
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Tanaka aka T.ffuego is an international spoken word artist and published poet! Who uses his voice to be heard for all the times he has felt silenced throughout childhood and present day. Tanaka finds ways to break down his intersectionality from his Blackness, queerness, class and social environment so that he can understand his own self and others at a more deep rooted level.
Mr Gee has been a veteran on the UK's Spoken Word scene for two decades. Perhaps best known as the "Poet Laureate" on Russell Brand's Radio show, he has toured the world many times with the Comedian & his work has featured in the Times, The Guardian & the New Statesman. He's presented several radio series: "Bespoken Word", "Rhyme & Reason" & "Poetic Justice" on BBC Radio 4, the latter of which focused on the extensive rehabilitation work that he does in prisons. Mr Gee has delivered two Tedx talks and was the host of the People's Forum for this 2018's Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. He was also a featured guest on Akala's BBC 2 program "Poetry Between the Lines" and his poetry featured in the Barbour International 2017 Spring season. He currently runs the Poetry night Chill Pill within London.
"A charming and politically articulate street poet” - The Times
Jeremiah ‘SugarJ’ Brown
Jeremiah ‘SugarJ’ Brown is a Black British-Jamaican poet based in Croydon. He’s a Barbican Young Poet alumni and former Roundhouse resident artist. He was one of the faces of Nationwide’s ‘Voices’ ad campaign, and was featured in the Evening Standard for his poem I’m Rooting For Everybody Black. His commissions include St Paul’s Cathedral, the Barbican and Totally Thames. His debut show Likkle Rum with Grandma sold out at the Roundhouse as part of the Last Word festival, and at Bernie Grants Arts Centre as part of SKFEST.
Malakaï is a writer, producer and theatre-maker working to stretch the limits of performing arts, enabling the socially and politically disenfranchised to make a mark within the sector and beyond.
His work often focuses on conceiving and delivering long-term projects in communities with little opportunity to access to the arts. He is currently devising a creative learning programme for the 2019 UK tour of Time Won’t Wait’s Custody, as well as producing the community engagement programme Encountering 10001 Nights for Iris Theatre’s Arabian Nights at Hoxton Hall. He is also the Assistant Producer for London’s Free Open Air Theatre, leading on fundraising, participation and audience development.
Malakaï has been commissioned as a w riter by the likes of Nationwide, the Royal Court Theatre, Apples & Snakes with the RSC and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Other work has been published online and in print, including by FWRD Magazine (2017), Barbican Centre (2017), and forthcoming in Wasafiri and Unbound (2018). He is an alumni of the Barbican Young Poets and is co-founder of poetry movement Veranda.
Malakaï is directing S+K's current full-length show, VOID and is executive producing SKFEST 2018.
Fatima Diriye is a Somali London based poet, explores realms of vulnerability, identity and personal reflections. Fatima is a member of (un)heard words collective, bards without borders
Fahima, who also goes by the name ‘caraweelowrites’, is a twenty one year old somali poet from East London. She started writing in 2012 and uses her poetry as a way to express herself through artistic means and to reconnect with her culture. The main themes that are discussed in her poetry is her Somali culture and the influence her ‘Britishness’ has on this, the women in her family and the concept of home for a first generation Somali living in the West. She is the host of poetry night, poetry and shaah and has had her work published in the tssf journal.
Yusupha studies politics and international relations at UKC. He is a very ambitious individual with a relentless drive to aid in the removal of the negative aspects that society presents through my creative writing and spoken word. He has worked and collaborated with numerous of charities such as NCDS, Muslim Hands and Maa Charity in order to make lives better for people who are suffering. He has passion for speaking on issues such as police brutality, domestic violence, children of war and other topics within society.