Nov
3
8:00 PM20:00

The R.A.P Party #27

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The Leeds Rap Party...

Fuel Invites you to Inua Ellams' R.A.P Party – Rhythm And Poetry Party – a nostalgic, no-clutter, no fuss, straight up evening of hip hop inspired poems and hip hop songs. 10 poets will gather to celebrate the art form and the culture, reflecting on the future with specially commissioned poems and specially chosen songs.


Featuring: Asma Elbadawi, Adekola, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Matt Abbott, Zodwa Nyoni, Andy Craven Griffiths, Rommi Smith, Jamal Gerald, Theresa Lola and Inua Ellams


Venue: Slung Low, HUB
Time: 8pm
Address: 67-71 Bath Rd
Tickets: Pay what you can / book Here

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Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

The R.A.P Party #29

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The Open Lab Party

In this R.A.P Party – Rhythm And Poetry Party – a nostalgic, no-clutter, no fuss, straight up evening of hip hop inspired poems and hip hop songs, 10 poets will gather to celebrate the art form and the culture, reflecting on themes and narratives taken from cult classic movie, The Warriors following a screaming of the film; new poems and specially chosen songs.


Featuring: Tobi Kyeremateng, PolarBear, Laurie Ogden, Jeremiah Brown, Hibaq Osman, Paul Cree, Sarah Perry, Bohdan Piasecki, Indigo Williams and Inua Ellams


Venue: The Barbican Centre
Time: 7pm
Address: Silk Street
Tickets: £15 / book Here

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Oct
4
8:00 PM20:00

The R.A.P Party #26

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The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill RAP Party...

20 years ago, one of the greatest albums in Hip Hop was released. Combining classic rap lyricism and poetry with soul, jazz and funk, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill grew to supersede the Hip Hop genre in which it was conceived to become one of the greatest albums in the history of music, indeed of all time. 

This special R.A.P Party gathers the most incredible contemporary poets writing to create and share new verse in response the timeless songs, the journeys, questions and reflections raised by Lauryn Hill. 


Mona Arshi was born in West London where she still lives. Mona was joint winner of  the Manchester Creative writing poetry prize in 2014. Her debut collection  ‘Small Hands’ won the Forward Prize for best first poetry collection in 2015.Her second collection is due to be published in 2019.

Gabriel Akamo is a Nigerian-British poet, actor, and creative producer based in London. He has been commissioned by St. Paul’s Cathedral and Royal Academy of Arts, and previous festival performances include Lovebox and Bestival. Drawing on his background in both theatre and Philosophy, his writing currently explores faith, relationships, and his overlapping identities. 

Emily Berry is the author of two books of poems, Dear Boy (Faber & Faber, 2013) and Stranger, Baby (Faber & Faber, 2017). She is the editor of The Poetry Review and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Raymond Antrobus was born in London, Hackney. In 2018 he was awarded 'The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize'. He is the author of 'To Sweeten Bitter' and 'The Perseverance'. He is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Complete Works 3 and Jerwood Compton Poetry. 

Bernardine Evaristo is the acclaimed, award-winning author of eight books of fiction and verse fiction, as well as short stories, essays, poetry, and more. Her new novel about black British women will be published by Hamish Hamilton/Penguin Random House, May 2019. She is a Fellow, and the Vice Chair, of the Royal Society of Literature, and an MBE.

Wayne Holloway-Smith's debut collection of poetry, Alarum, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2017, was shortlisted for the Roehampton Prize and was a Guest Selection for the Poetry Book Society. He won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize 2016. His non-linear sequence, I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE WENDING, will be published by Test Centre in 2018.  

Rachel Long is a poet and leader of Octavia - Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour, which is housed at Southbank Centre, London. She was awarded a Jerwood/Arvon Foundation mentorship in 2015. Rachel has run poetry workshops for The Poetry School, The Serpentine Galleries and at The University of Oxford. 

LionHeart is a TEDx Speaker and an International SpokenWord Performer. He has been commissioned by Lloyds of London, the BBC, Gillette and more. He is the first Poet in Residence at The Building Centre, exploring Architecture & Poetry's relationship around emotional inhabitance, psychology and memory. 

Vanessa Kisuule is currently the Bristol City Poet for 2018 - 2020. She has won over ten slam titles including The Roundhouse Slam 2014, and the Nuoryican Poetry Slam. She has been featured on BBC Woman's Hour, The Guardian, and more. Her one woman show SEXY toured in 2017/18 with support from Arts Council England. 

Luke Kennard won an Eric Gregory Award in 2005 for his first collection The Solex Brothers. His second collection, The Harbour Beyond The Movie, was shortlisted for the 2007 Forward Prize for Best Collection, making him the youngest ever poet to be nominated. In 2014 he was named as one of the Poetry Book Society's Next Generation Poets. His debut novel, The Transition, was published by Fourth Estate in March 2017.The novel was a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime.

Bridget Minamore is a writer, poet, critic, and journalist. She was shortlisted to be London's first Young Poet Laureate, has been commissioned by Nike, and the Tate Modern, and is part of the creative team behind Brainchild Festival. Bridget teaches poetry and drama workshops around the country, has read her work internationally. 

Nikesh Shukla is the author of three novels. His latest is The One Who Wrote Destiny was released in Spring 2018. Nikesh has written for The Guardian, Observer, BBC Radio 4 and more. Nikesh is also the editor the bestselling essay collection, The Good Immigrant. He is the co-founder of the literary journal, The Good Journal and the Good Literary Agency.

Assumpta Vitcu is a London based British-Nigerian poet, writer and special event planner. Her work has been featured within Praxis Magazine and a number of publications such as MAIA Creatives, the Aké Review and POSTSCRIPT. Assumpta's work centers on love, loss, life-lessons and deracination. She is the poetry and features editor for The Book Banque.

Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian Poet and facilitator. She won the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize.  She performed at the unveiling of Millicent Fawcett’s statue at Parliament Square after being invited by the Mayor of London’s Office. She is currently working on her debut full length poetry collection.

Born in Nigeria in 1984, Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is an ambassador for the Ministry of Stories and has published four books of poetry. His  fourth play ‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ sold out its run at England’s National Theatre. 


Venue: The Albany
Time: 8pm
Address: Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG
Tickets: £8 Concessions / buy Here

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Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

The R.A.P Party #25

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The Totally Thames RAP Party...

“The most formalist poetry I have been exposed to is rap lyrics... they are hyper-metrical, the rhyme schemes are intricate and the levels of allusion, and allusive play, in the average rap song is staggering. When you put that against the work of more canonical poets I think there is a lot of kinship between people driven by an affinity with, and flair for, language.” - Kayo Chingonyi


Stand-up poet Laurie Bolger has hosted venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral and Southbank Centre London as well as being commissioned by BBC Radio 1, The Verb and 1Xtra. Her debut poetry collection Box Rooms was released by Burning Eye Books, showing that poetry can be your friend.

Anthony Anaxagorou is an award-winning poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. His poetry and fiction have appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC, ITV, Vice UK, Channel 4 and Sky Arts, as well as being published in The Poetry Review, and other literary journals. In 2015 his poetry and fiction writing won the Groucho Maverick Award. He has published several books, with his second full collection due out in 2019.

Danielle DASH is the writer, director and producer of the multi-award winning web based drama series “Dear Jesus” and its spin-off “The Alexis Show.” “Dear Jesus” won Favourite Web Series at the Screen Nation Digital Awards in December 2015. Currently working in comedy and drama TV development, Danielle will be the UK’s Shonda Rhimes. In the meantime she writes about race, gender and popular culture on her blog DanielleDASH.com.

Tyrone Lewis is the first ever Roundhouse Poet and a Roundhouse Poetry Slam Champion, Bsed in London, Tyrone is one of the co-hosts of a monthly Open Mic Night, Boomerang Club. Tyrone has also been involved with a number of major national poetry events over the years including, 2012’s Shake The Dust and 2015’s Shot From The Lip, as well as helping out with UniSlam in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Ella Frears is a poet, visual artist and curator based in south-east London. She has completed various residencies for Tate Modern, the National Trust and most recently she was Poet in Residence at Royal Holloway University writing about the Cassini Space Mission. Ella was shortlisted for the Manchester Poetry Prize 2017. Her debut pamphlet Passivity, Electricity, Acclivity is out with Goldsmiths Press.

Jordan Stephens is a writer and performer best known for being one half of pop duo Rizzle Kicks. After achieving fame with Rizzle Kicks at only 19, Jordan has since gone on to create a quite contrasting sound as a third of the band, Wildhood and now goes under the alias ‘Al the Native’. His mental health campaign #IAMWHOLE reached over 120 million people online. More recently, Jordan wrote an article in The Guardian about the negative effects that Toxic Masculinity has on men’s wellbeing and has since been invited on television and at festivals to further discuss the matter.

Michelle Tiwo  is an actor, poet, poetry educator and 1/3 of SISTREN. From Nigeria & Togo via South East London, her “straight to the point” poetry zooms in on the details others sometimes overlook or trivialize. Previous work has included: Ackee & Saltfish (short film & web series 2015/16), Eastside Education x Armed Forces Service Children, Writerz n Scribez, The Royal College of Art, Lemonade Money Productions, Channel 4 Random Acts, BBC3, Barbican Young Poets x Boy Blue, BFI x Galdem

Ross Sutherland is a writer/performer, working across theatre, film and radio. In 2017, he wrote a five-part comic miniseries for Channel 4’s Random Acts, and a BBC Radio 4 documentary about British Wrestling. He is currently writing a new play, The Exorcism, opening at BAC in late October. He writes and produces the storytelling podcast, Imaginary Advice (winner: Best Fiction, 2018 British Podcast Awards). Other credits include Missing Episode (BBC2; writer/presenter) .

Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian Poet and facilitator. She won the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize.  She performed at the unveiling of Millicent Fawcett’s statue at Parliament Square after being invited by the Mayor of London’s Office. She is currently working on her debut full length poetry collection.

Born in Nigeria in 1984, Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is an ambassador for the Ministry of Stories and has published four books of poetry. His  fourth play ‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ sold out its run at England’s National Theatre. 


Venue: Dixie Queen
Time: 7:30 - 11pm
Address: Butler’s Wharf, Shad Thames London, SE1 2YE
Tickets: £15/£12 Concessions / buy Here

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Jul
19
8:30 PM20:30

The R.A.P Party #24

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The Africa Utopia RAP Party...

“The most formalist poetry I have been exposed to is rap lyrics... they are hyper-metrical, the rhyme schemes are intricate and the levels of allusion, and allusive play, in the average rap song is staggering. When you put that against the work of more canonical poets I think there is a lot of kinship between people driven by an affinity with, and flair for, language.” - Kayo Chingonyi


Victoria Adukwei Bulley is a poet, writer and filmmaker. An alumna of the Barbican Young Poets, her work has featured in The Poetry Review, Ambit and tonguejournal.org, in addition to being broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, her debut pamphlet, Girl B, is part of the 2017 New-Generation African Poets series. Victoria is the director of MOTHER TONGUES, an intergenerational poetry, film and translation project supported by Arts Council England and Autograph ABP.

JJ BOLA is an established writer and poet of three collections; Elevate (2012), Daughter of the Sun (2014), and WORD (2015). His debut novel, No Place to Call Home, was first published in the UK in 2017. He was one of Spread the Word's Flight Associates 2017, and a Kit de Waal Scholar for the Birkbeck, University MA in Creative Writing. JJ reads, speaks, workshops and performs all over London/the UK at various universities & festivals such as SOAS, Oxford, Kings College, Glastonbury festival, WOMAD, Cheltenham Literature festival, Africa writes and more. 

Salma El-Wardany isa half Eqyptian, half Irish writer, passionate about the female experience and how feminine identities are played out in today’s world. She’s currently working on her debut novel Burkas & Bikinis, and writing and performing spoken word poetry across the US and UK. 

Kayo Chingonyi won the Dylan Thomas prize in 2018. He is a  fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry and the author of two pamphlets. His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, was published in June 2017 by Chatto & Windus. As well as being widely published in journals and anthologies.

Sumia Jaama is a Barbican Young Poet Alumni (2017-18), she often runs workshops in secondary schools, festivals and as part of Keats house's Creative Writing Summer School. She is a linguist and programmer having completed her BA in Arabic and English literature. Sumia often writes about exploring absence and what there is to discover about blank spaces in relation to ourselves.

Joshua Idehen is a poet, teacher and musician. A British born Nigerian, his poetry has been published alongside Linton Kwesi Johnson and Anthony Joseph and he has performed at festivals and respected venues across the UK and Europe. He collaborated with The Comet Is Coming on their 2016 Mercury nominated debut album 'Channel The Spirits'. He will be touring with Mobo-winning jazz band Sons of Kemet. He is working on his debut pamphlet and a one man show.

Alim Kamara returned from performing at the Sierra Leone inauguration and performing at the presidents birthday dinners. He graduated with a first class degree in Creative and Media Writing, and the Edna Fuller Prize for community. He has performed in Dubai, Holland, Canada, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Peru, Argentina and the USA. Like the Griots from his past, Alim captivates his audiences and leaves them craving to learn, relate and elevate.

Wana Udobang is a journalist, poet and filmmaker who works at the intersection of women’s rights, social justice, personal narratives and culture. Her work as a poet has been featured at the British Library’s Word, Symbol and Song exhibition. Her poem 'home' was published in the John Berger anthology. She has two poetry albums. The first titled Dirty Laundry  and her current sophomore album In memory of forgetting. The themes in her poetry explore trauma, feminism, familial relationships, love and self-renewal. Wana has performed in festivals across Nigeria and the African continent.

Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian Poet. She was one of the winners of the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize. She is an alumni of the Barbican Young Poets programme.

Inua Ellams is himself.


Venue: Purcell Room, Southbank Centre
Time: 7:30pm
Address: Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
Tickets: £10 / buy Here

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Jun
9
8:30 PM20:30

The R.A.P Party #23

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The College Dropout R.A.P Party


This special event commemorates the debut album of one of the most iconic voices in hip-hop culture. Before political rants against George W. Bush, before Amber Rose and Kim Kardashian, before Obama called him a Jackass, before and Adiddas and Yeezus, before 'Slavery was a choice', there was a soulful lost boy from the south side of Chicago who dropped outta college. This event features 13 brand-new commissioned poems inspired by each song in this unforgettable album. The lineup as always, is incredible:

Jasmine Cooray is a poet, facilitator and counsellor from London, of Sri Lankan and mixed European lineage who started out writing angsty poems in her bedroom in purple ink. Now her poems are less angsty and she teaches others to use creative tools to access their internal worlds. Her abstract accolades include: Writer in Residence at the National University of Singapore in 2013, a 2015 BBC Performing Arts Fellow, and now a Spread the Word Associate Writer. To balance her reclusiveness, she does an excellent line in hugs. 

Tim Clare is a performance poet based in the UK. He heads up Homework, a regular poetry night in Bethnal Green and has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. As a stand-up poet, Tim has performed nationwide including at the Edinburgh Fringe and countless festivals. The Honours is Clare’s debut novel, set in Norfolk in 1935 as war looms over Great Britain.

Kat Francois - Kat Francois is a performance artist, poet, actor and playwright. A youth and adult workshop facilitator. Kat was the first person to win a televised poetry slam in the UK,  on BBC3 in 2004, and a year later went on to win the World Slam Poetry Championships in Rotterdam.

Yomi Ṣode balances the fine line between Nigerian and British cultures, which can be humorous, loving, self-reflective and, at times, uncomfortable. Over the past nine years, Yomi has had work commissioned by The Mayor’s Office, BBC World Service/ BBC Africa, Channel4, various charities and recently presented a poem at the UN Humanitarian Summit.

Shadè Joseph is a 24 year old Writer/Musician from East London. She has been writing/performing poetry and producing, composing and accompanying musicians singer/songwriters and poets for the past four years. When she's not doing all of that good stuff she's probably somewhere laughing, dancing or eating plantain

Jolade Olusanya is a poet, director and filmmaker based in East London. He is part of SXWKS, a creative collective and a Barbican Young Poet. He was the Outspoken Prize for Poetry and Performance Poetry Winner of 2017 and a finalist in the 1st ever Young Poet Laureate for London post in 2013. He is currently working on his debut poetry collection, poetry films and a variety of other creative projects.

Hannah Lowe is a poet and researcher. Her first poetry collection Chick (Bloodaxe, 2013) won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for Best First Collection. She has also published three chapbooks:  The Hitcher (Rialto 2012); R x (sine wave peak) 2013); and Ormonde (Hercules Editions 2014) and a family memoir Long Time No See (Periscope, 2015). She teaches Creative Writing at Brunel University and is the current poet in residence at Keats House.

Kareem Brown was a Barbican Young Poet from 2012–2015, and has since has worked with the Barbican, Tate Britain, The Southbank Centre, and others. He’s still trying to find a good answer to “So, what do you write about?” 

Roger Robinson released an album with Disrupt on every reggae lovers favourite label Jahtari in 2015 and is a founding member of King Midas Sound. He has performed worldwide and is an experienced workshop leader and lecturer on poetry. He was chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon. He received commissions from The National Trust, London Open House, The V&A and Theatre Royal Stratford East where he also was Associate Artist.

Jack Underwood is a poet, who also writes short fiction and non-fiction. A recipient of the Eric Gregory Award in 2007, he published his debut pamphlet in 2009 as part of the Faber New Poets series. His first collection Happiness was published by Faber in 2015 and was winner of the 2016 Somerset Maugham prize. He is a lecturer in creative writing at Goldsmiths College and is currently writing a non-fiction book about poetry and uncertainty. Two pamphlets, Solo for Mascha Voice and Tenuous Rooms will be published by Test Centre in 2018.

Antosh Wojcik is a poet, performer and Lecturer of Poetry and Creative Writing at University of Winchester. He is one half of Post Everything, a sound art duo. Penned in the Margins is producing his cross-arts drumming and poetry show about memory, ‘How To Keep Time: A Drum Solo for Dementia’.

Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian Poet, she was shortlisted for the 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize and 2016 London Magazine Poetry Prize. She won the 2017 Hammer and Tongue Slam. She is a Barbican Young Poet Alumni and part of Octavia Women of Colour Collective led by Rachel Long. She is the editor of FourHubs Magazine, a lifestyle magazine for writers. She curates the event RAP Party with Inua Ellams.

Inua Ellams is himself.


Venue: Kings Place
Time: 8:00pm
Address: York Way, London, N1 9AG
Tickets: £9.50 / buy Here

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May
10
7:00 PM19:00

The R.A.P Party #22

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The R.A.P Party @ 91


This special event commemorates 2015's ground-breaking anthology, The BreakBeat Poets — 'New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop' and will feature editor, Kevin Coval alongside Safia Elhilo. Also on the night, representing British Hip-Hop poetics: Caleb Femi, Seraphima Kennedy, Nick Makoha, Momtaza Mehri, Anis Mojgani, Raheela Suleman, Emmanuel Sugo, Theresa Lola and Inua Ellams, with Dj Sid Mercutio.

Kevin Coval is the author of 10 books, including A People’s History of Chicago, editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop.. Additionally, he is the Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors — winner of a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2016. His work has appeared on The Daily Show, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, Poetry Magazine, and more.  He is the editor of the Haymarket Books imprint BreakBeat Publishing,, and teaches hip-hop poetics in high schools, colleges, and community centers around the globe. 

Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017). Sudanese by way of Washington. Safia is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and recipient of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize and the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets.  Safia’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY Magazine, Callaloo and in anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism. Her work has been translated into Arabic.

Caleb Femi was the first Young People's Laureate for London. He is also a director, photographer and English Literature teacher. Caleb is featured in the Dazed 100 list of the next generation shaping youth culture. He has written and directed short films commissioned by the BBC and Channel 4 and poems by the Tate Mordern, The Royal Society for Literature, and more. Caleb has also won the Roundhouse Poetry Slam and is currently working on a debut collection. 

Seraphima Kennedy grew up in west London. She writes poetry and creative non-fiction about family, migration, conflict and music. Seraphima is a Jerwood/Arvon mentee in poetry where she has been working with Pascale Petit. Last year she was shortlisted for The White Review Poets’ Prize, and performed at Ledbury Poetry Festival and Poetry in Aldeburgh Festival. She's a proud member of the collective Malika’s Poetry Kitchen.

Nick Makoha debut collection Kingdom of Gravity is shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and nominated by The Guardian  as one of the best books of 2017. He won the 2015 Brunel International Poetry prize and the 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for his pamphlet Resurrection. A Goldsmiths, Cave Canem & Complete Works Alumni.  His poems appeared in  The New York Times, Poetry Review, Rialto, and Wasafiri.

Momtaza Mehri is a poet, essayist, literary studies researcher and meme archivist. Her work has been featured (& is forthcoming) in DAZED, Vogue, BBC Radio 4, Poetry Society of America, Mask Magazine and£ Poetry International. She is a Complete Works Fellow and winner of the 2017 Outspoken Page Poetry Prize. Her chapbook sugah lump prayer was published in 2017

Anis Mojgani is a two time US National Poetry Slam Individual Champion and winner of the Worldcup Poetry Slam. The author of five books, Anis’ work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in journals Rattle, Forklift Ohio, and Bat City Review, amongst others, and has performed for varied audiences all over the globe. Originally from New Orleans, he lives in the States, currently in Portland OR.

Raheela Suleman is a film student, writes poetry, screenplays and makes films and beats. She was born in London, but is open to being buried elsewhere. She is also a Barbican Young Poet programme alumni and a part of Octavia Women of Colour collective resident at the Southbank Centre.

Emmanuel Sugo is a singer, writer, musician and theatre practitioner whose poetry is centred around the function of imagination in self discovery. He has produced several plays and recently worked with Poets Platform on a scratch titled Beanstalk exploring the effect fear and dreams on identity. He is a word4word slam champion and hosts a poetry slam called Spout every 2nd Tuesday of every month.. He was also one of the finalist for the BBC uk slam competition.

Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian Poet, she was shortlisted for the 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize and 2016 London Magazine Poetry Prize. She won the 2017 Hammer and Tongue Slam. She is a Barbican Young Poet Alumni and part of Octavia Women of Colour Collective led by Rachel Long. She is the editor of FourHubs Magazine, a lifestyle magazine for writers. She curates the event RAP Party with Inua Ellams.

Inua Ellams is himself.


Venue: Ninety One
Time: 7:00 - 10:00pm
Address: 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QR
Tickets: £8 / buy Here

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Apr
5
7:30 PM19:30

The R.A.P Party #21

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The R.A.P Party @ 91


Featuring: Kat Francois, Lewis Buxton, Antonia King, Will Harris, Fran Lock, Joshua Judson, Eleanor Penny, Marvin Thompson, Theresa Lola and Inua Ellams.

Kat Francois - Kat Francois is a performance artist, poet, actor and playwright. A youth and adult workshop facilitator. Kat was the first person to win a televised poetry slam in the UK, on BBC3 in 2004, and a year later went on to win the World Slam Poetry Championships in Rotterdam. 

Lewis Buxton - Lewis Buxton is a poet and arts producer, he leads creative writing workshops in school and libraries around the country. In 2016 he founded TOAST, an arts project dedicated to the professional development of poets in the U.K. He is currently working on his first pamphlet about sport, masculinity & boyhood. 

Antonia King is a mystery to all.

Will Harris - Will Harris is an Assistant Editor at The Rialto. He has published a pamphlet of poems, All this is Implied. Mixed-Race Superman, an essay on Barack Obama, Keanu Reeves and the meaning of heroism, will be published by Peninsula Press in May. His work also features in the Bloodaxe anthology Ten: Poets of the New Generation.

Fran Lock - Fran Lock is the author of three poetry collections, Dogtooth (Out- Spoken Press, 2017), The Mystic and the Pig Thief (Salt Publishing, 2014), and Flatrock (Little Episodes Publishing, 2011). She won the 2015 Outspoken Poetry Prize.

Joshua Judson - Joshua Judson is a poet, facilitator and editor. He is an alumnus of the Mouthy Poets program at Nottingham Playhouse, and is part of the Barbican Young Poets community. His work has appeared in The North and Magma. He is a student at Guildhall School of Drama in London, where he is in his final year studying Performance & Creative Enterprise.

Eleanor Penny - Eleanor Penny is an alumnus of the Barbican Young Poets programme. She produces and hosts poetry podcast Bedtime Stories for the End of the World, supported by Spread the Word and the Arts Council England. Her first pamphlet is due out in mid-2018, published by flipped eye.

Marvin Thompson - Marvin Thompson lives in mountainous south Wales. In 2016, he was one of three poets selected for the Primers 2 mentoring scheme run by The Poetry School and Nine Arches Press. In 2017, he won third place in Ambit Magazine’s international poetry competition.

Theresa Lola - Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian Poet, she was shortlisted for the 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize. In 2017 she won the Hammer and Tongue National Poetry Slam. She is part of SXWKS and Octavia Women of Color collective. She runs RAP Party with Inua Ellams.

Inua Ellams - Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He was recently awarded the Liberty Human Rights Award for his one-man show, 'An Evening with an Immigrant' in 2017.


Venue: Ninety One
Time: 7:30pm
Address: 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QR
Tickets: £8/£6(Concessions), buy Here

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Nov
24
7:30 PM19:30

The R.A.P Party #20

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Brighton Dome R.A.P Party


Featuring: Bridget Minamore, Sea Sharp, Jemima Foxtrot, Kat's Head, Theresa Lola, Tommy Sissons, Keith Jarrett, Spliff Richard, Michael James Parker, Inua Ellams


Venue: Brighton Dome
Time: 8:30pm
Address: Church St. Brighton, BN11UE
Tickets: £12/£10/£8(Concessions), buy Here

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Oct
13
8:30 PM20:30

The R.A.P Party #19

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Cheltenham Lit. Fest R.A.P Party


Featuring: Anna Freeman, Caleb Femi, Arielle John, Paul Cree, Remi Graves, Craft-D, Malaika Kegode, Pete The Temp, Theresa Lola, Inua Ellams


Venue: Cheltenham Town Hall
Time: 8:30pm
Address: Imperial Square, Cheltenham, England, GL50 1Q4
Tickets: £12 

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Oct
6
to Oct 7

The R.A.P Party #18

The Art of Rap Official Trailer, with interviews from: Ice-T. Cast: Afrika Bambaataa, Big Daddy Kane, B-Real, Bun B, Chino XL, Common, DJ Premier, DMC, Doug E.

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The Art Of Rap R.A.P Party


This special event is in two parts. Part one will be a screening of Ice Cube's critically acclaimed documentary film: The Art of Rap. You can read more about it here.

Part two, will be the R.A.P Party itself, featuring Jay Bernard, Gabriel Akamo, Amina Jama, JJ Bola, LyricL, Joshua Idehen, Tania Nwachukwu, Kieron Rennie, Michelle Tiwo and Inua Ellams, with DJ Sid Mercutio.


Venue: Rich Mix
Time: 6pm
Address: 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, England. E1 6LA
Tickets: £10 

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Jun
30
7:30 PM19:30

The R.A.P Party #17

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Africa Writes R.A.P Party


Featuring: Kayo Chingonyi, Malika Booker, Kei Miller, Fatima Kelleher, Jolade Olusanya, Rachel Long, Roger Robinson, Amaal Said, Yomi Sode, Theresa Lola and Terrance Hayes, with Dj Sid Mercutio.


Venue: The British Library
Time: 7.30 pm
Address: 96 Euston Road, Kings Cross, London, England. NW1 2DB
Tickets: £12

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May
22
8:00 PM20:00

The R.A.P Party #15

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I.L.F.D R.A.P Party


Featuring: Hazel Hogan, John Cummings, Niamh O Beirne, Colm Thomas Keegan, Felicia Olusanya, Karl Parkinson, Raven, Stephen James Smith, Theresa Lola, Inua Ellams, with Dj Sid Mercutio.


Venue: The Liquor Rooms
Time: 8.pm
Address: 6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
Tickets: €10/£8 

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May
5
8:00 PM20:00

The R.A.P Party #14

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Rich Mix R.A.P Party


Featuring: Maria Ferguson, Anthony Anaxagorou, Bridget Minamore, Omar Bynon, Ruth Sutoyé, Lionheart, Belinda Zhawi, Emmanuel Sugo, Theresa Lola, Inua Ellams, with Dj Sid Mercutio.


Venue: Rich Mix
Time: 8.pm
Address: 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, England. E1 6LA
Tickets: £8/£6 Here

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Jan
26
8:00 PM20:00

The R.A.P Party #13

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Shoreditch House R.A.P Party


Featuring: Arinze Kene, Shade Joseph, Jacob Sam-La Rose, Seraphima Kennedy, Will Harris, Rachel Long, Theresa Lola, Inua Ellams, with Dj Sid Mercutio.


Venue: Shoreditch House
Time: 8.pm
Address: Ebor Street London E1 6AW United Kingdom
Tickets: Free

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Jan
6
7:00 PM19:00

The R.A.P Party #12

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Level Up R.A.P Party


Featuring: Jasmine Gardosi, Raphael Blake, Nyanda Foday, Roy MacFarlane, Bethany Slinn, Ben Norris, Rue The Kid, Solomon O B, Theresa Lola and Inua Ellams, with Dj Sid Mercutio.


Venue: The Birmingham Rep
Time: 7.pm
Address: Centenary Square, Broad St,
Tickets: £3/£5 from Here

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Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

The R.A.P Party #11

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Shoreditch House R.A.P Party


Featuring: MR GEE, Laurie Bolger, Jolade Olusanya, Sahrah Sheikh, Chris Redmond, Paula Varjack, Antosh Wojcik, Theresa Lola, Inua Ellams, with Dj Sid Mercutio.


Venue: Shoreditch House.
Time: 8.pm
Address: Ebor Street London E1 6AW United Kingdom
Tickets: Free

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Oct
10
8:00 PM20:00

The R.A.P Party #10

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L.I.P.F R.A.P Party


With: White Space, Lagos Nigeria.
Poetra Asantewa, Afurakan, Ladan Osman, Bash Amuneni, Titilope Sonuga, Sage Hassan, Wana Udobang, Chika Jones, Mandi Vundla, Inua Ellams. DJ Eroosa.. 


Venue: The White Space.
Time: 8.pm
Address: 58 Raymond Njoku Street, Lagos, Nigeria.
Tickets: ₦1000.

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Sep
23
8:00 PM20:00

The R.A.P Party #9

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Farmopolis R.A.P Party


With: Victoriana Bulley, Zia Ahmed, Maddie Godfrey, Joshua Idehen, Momtaza Mehri, Adam Kammerling, Joelle Taylor, Christian G Smith, Theresa Lola and Inua Ellams. 


Venue: The Jetty.
Time: 8.pm
Address: The Jetty, North Greenwich
Tickets: £7.50 Here

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Jul
16
6:30 PM18:30

The R.A.P Party #8

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Walthamstow Garden R.A.P Party


With: Hibaq Osman, Charlotte Josephine, Vanessa Kisuule, Josette Joseph, Theresa Lola, Kareem P Brown, James Massiah, Lewis Buxton, Cameron Holleran and Inua Ellams. 


Venue: Lloyd Park.
Time: 7.45pm
Address: Forest Road, London, UK
Tickets: Free

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Mar
19
8:00 PM20:00

The R.A.P Party #7

Shoreditch House R.A.P Party

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Featuring Caleb Femi, Dan Cockrill, Sean Mahoney, Charlotte Higgins, Theresa Lola, Ash Sarkar, Laurie Ogden and Inua Ellams. With DJ Sid Mercutio.


Venue: Shoreditch House.
Time: 7.45pm
Address: Ebor Street London E1 6AW United Kingdom
Tickets: Free

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Aug
3
8:00 PM20:00

The R.A.P Party #5


With: Anaxagorou, Patience Agbabi, Tim Clare, Salena Godden, Dan Cockrill, Sabrina Mahfouz, Keith Jarrett, Deborah Stevenson, Bohdan Piasecki, Belinda Zhawi & Inua Ellams. DJ Khalil, VJ, Dan Fenton.Warsan Shire, Kat Francois, Hollie McNish, Bridgette Minamore, Kristiana Rae Colon, Deanna Rodger, Aja Monet, Talia Randall, Lyric L, Kieran Yates, Vjay: Zainab Adamu, Djay: Marsha Smith.


Venue: Purcell Rooms at Southbank Centre
Address: Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX
Box Office: 020 3879 955
Tickets: £5

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Mar
9
8:00 PM20:00

The R.A.P Party #4

With: Warsan Shire, Kat Francois, Hollie McNish, Bridgette Minamore, Kristiana Rae Colon, Deanna Rodger, Aja Monet, Talia Randall, Lyric L, Kieran Yates, Vjay: Zainab Adamu, Djay: Marsha Smith.


Venue: Purcell Rooms at Southbank Centre
Address: Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX
Box Office: 020 3879 955
Tickets: £5

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Jul
14
8:00 PM20:00

The R.A.P Party #3

With: Charlie Dark, Poetic Pilgrimage - Sukina Douglas, Zena Edwards, PolarBear, Roger Robinson, Jacob Sam La-Rose, Warsan Shire, Kate Tempest, Poetic Pilgrimage - Muneera Williams and Inua Ellams.


Venue: Purcell Rooms at Southbank Centre
Address: Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX
Box Office: 020 3879 955
Tickets: £5

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May
6
8:00 PM20:00

The R.A.P Party #2

With: Belinda Zhawi, Hollie McNish, Jay Bernard, Kayo Chingonyi, Malika Booker, Nikesh Shukla, Rich BLK, Roger Robinson, Ross Sutherland and Yemisi Blake


Venue: The Albany,
Address: Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG
Box Office: 0208692446
Tickets: £6

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The R.A.P Party #1
Nov
19
8:00 PM20:00

The R.A.P Party #1

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With: Charlie Dark, Jacob Sam La Rose, Nii Parkes, PolarBear, Breis, Gemma Weekes, Musa Okwonga, Joshua Idehen, Zena Edwards and Kate Tempest.


Venue: The Albany,
Address: Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG
Box Office: 0208692446
Tickets: £6

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