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.
Born in Sudan and raised in England, Asma Elbadawi is a visual artist and spoken word poet. She was chosen as one of the finalists of the Words First competition, a collaboration between BBC Radio 1Xtra and the Roundhouse. She holds an MA in Visual Arts, and pursues themes around identity and equality.
Abdullah Adekola is a writer and poetry promoter based in Leeds West Yorkshire. He has performed at Brainchild Festival, The Black Verse Showcase, The West Yorkshire Playhouse, and other venues. A Black British working class poet, he offers personal reflections and social commentary on race, class, and faith.
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a writer, spoken-word poet, speaker and educator invested in disrupting state narratives and power relations underpinning the violent norms of race, gender, islamophobia and coloniality. Her work has been featured in the likes of The Independent, Al-Jazeera, BBC Radio and TEDx conferences, and has been performed nationally and internationally.
Matt Abbott is a poet from Wakefield. His début one-man show ‘Two Little Ducks’ is on a 22-date UK theatre tour from 5 Oct-16 Nov, having received rave reviews at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. The tour is accompanied by the release of Matt’s début collection on Verve Poetry Press.
Zodwa is a playwright and poet. She was the 2014 Writer-in-Residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse via the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme. She has previously been Apprentice Poet-in-Residence at Ilkely Literature Festival (2013) and BBC Radio Leeds (2006).
Andy Craven-Griffiths is a writer and performer based in Leeds. Andy has performed poetry across the UK and abroad, and had it broadcast on TV and radio (Radio 1, Radio 4, BBC 2) and published in various poetry journals. In 2018 he wrote and produced his first play, Joygernaut. He is currently studying for a PhD in creative writing.
Rommi Smith is an international writer who has held numerous prestigious and historically significant writing residencies for institutions ranging from The British Council to the BBC. Smith is the inaugural British Parliamentary Writer in Residence and inaugural Poet in Residence for Keats’ House.
Jamal Gerald is an artist based in Leeds. He has made work for poetry slams, films, parties and theatres. He's currently making a new show called 'Idol', which has been commissioned by Transform Festival. His work has been shown at the Roundhouse, Battersea Arts Centre and the Barbican.
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: Slung Low, HUB
Address: 67-71 Bath Rd
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