The Verve Poetry Festival R.A.P Party
We are utterly proud, excited to be part of this epic, epic poetry festival in Birmingham, part of a weekend-long series of astonishing events.
Jess May Davies - Jess is an artist from Redditch, and now a part of Birmingham’s poetry community. Jess is the founder of Stirchley Speaks – a monthly spoken word night in Stirchley, a writer and a workshop facilitator. As a self confessed introvert, Jess uses poetry to explore their own identity in relation to mental health, environment and their sexuality.
Casey Bailey - Casey is a poet, spoken word performer, author, facilitator, rapper and secondary school senior leader, born and raised in Nechells, Birmingham. His debut short collection was released by Big White Shed and his debut full collection by Verve Poetry Press.
Aliyah Hasinah - Aliyah is a freelance activist and poet whose writing focusses on personal understandings of history, politics and social commentary. Her work has been commissioned by The National Trust, BRAP, Co-Ed Foundation and Channel 4 Random Acts.
Sean Colletti - Sean is a native of Southern California but has lived in the UK since 2009. He recently published his first pamphlet of poetry, Saeculum (Bare Fiction, 2018). He has hosted and performed at various poetry and spoken word nights nationally and internationally, including winning both individual and team slams, and enjoys collaborating with other poets and artists.
Yasmina Silva - Yasmina is a student, poet and activist whose academic and artistic work centers around intersectionality, deconstructing the world, and empowering marginalized identities. She also looks to celebrate to beauty of womanhood, blackness and the diversity of cultures in the world. Having had the privilege to live in several African countries, she is an advocate of African unity and progression with ambitions of promoting social development through the arts.
Dennis Muhirwa - Dennis was born in Uganda, moved to Birmingham for University. He is a final year Mechanical Engineering student at University of Birmingham who spends a lot of time using art and creative writing to express himself.
Scarlett Ward is a 25 year old Wiccan poet and snail enthusiast working from Cannock Chase forest in England, UK. Her poetry has recently featured in anthologies from Verve Poetry Press, Hedgehog Poetry, Fly On The Wall Press and Nothing Books. She has worked with Arches Gallery to run Pen To Paper writing workshop as guest leader and her monthly poetry spoken word evening ran from her family café “Del Nino’ was nominated for a Saboteur Award for best poetry event in the UK in 2018.
Leon Priestnall - Leon is a Poet based in Birmingham. He has performed his poems up and down the country, headlining at The Door in the Birmingham Rep and performing spontaneous verse on BBC Radio. He is also host and founder of Birmingham spoken word night Howl.
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 Old Rep
Address: 45 Station, Street, Birmingham, UK.
Tickets: £4/£6 / book Here