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The Mixtape Tour

Rising stars of poetry Nick Makoha and Roger Robinson present a unique new show of poetry . . . The Mixtape Tour.

With enduring friendship at its centre, hear poems which leap back and forth in time, giving voice to the universal struggle to carve out personal and political identities.

Poems about music, poems about love, poems of protest and of exile, monologues and duet poems . . . all tied together through an unforgettable soundtrack of songs, from Afrobeats to hip-hop, from reggae to soul.

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Nick Makoha at Northern Poetry Symposium

This year's Northern Poetry Symposium features Nick Makoha.

The Symposium takes place on 3 May at the Sage Gateshead, and there's an action packed day of discussions planned on the theme of poetry in translation and exiled voices. Forward shortlisted poets Nick Makoha and Karen McCarthy Woolf join Dutch poet Elma Van Haren, Ukrainian poet Ilya Kaminsky and the PBS Summer Translation Choice, Austrian poet Evelyn Schlag, and many more.

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Jeremy Poynting at Black Book Fair 25th anniversary

Richmond Building
University of Bradford
Saturday 7 July, 2.30-3.45pm

25 years since the Black Book Fair was last held in Bradford, the Bradford Literature Festival gathers together a panel to discuss the history of the Fair and what it did to change the world of publishing. Created to celebrate the growth of radical ideas in literature and politics, this panel will consider whether the Black Book Fair paved the way for the current conversation about the publishing industry's lack of diversity.

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Caribbean Feminisms, Diasporic Identities

Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 5pm- 6.30pm
Caribbean Feminisms, Diasporic Identities
Performance from Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow, Dr Vahni Capildeo
‘Diversities’ talk from Melanie Abrahams from Renaissance One
Book online

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Nick Makoha at Writing in Migration

Poetry & Spoken Word
Friday 27 April 2018
9-10.30pm
Kino 2
Eintritt: € 8,- (reduced € 6,-)

Performing Artists:
Linda Gabriel
Romeo Oriogun
Musa Okwonga
Nick Makoha
Moderation/Host: Maroula Blades

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Who’s Full?

Presented by Free Word with Poet in the City
Date: Thursday 15 Mar 2018
Time: 6.45-8.45pm
Tickets: £7 (early bird) / £10 (standard) / FREE (unwaged*)
Free Word Lecture Theatre & Hall, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA

A jam-packed evening of spoken word performances, sonic sensations and something for the taste buds, exploring the science behind the global food system and what it means to 'eat well'.

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Beyond Words: Seni Seneviratne and Hylda Sims

Date: Tuesday 6 March 2018
Time: Doors open 7.15pm for 7.30pm start
Entry: £5 / £4 concessions
Venue: The Gipsy Hill Tavern, 79 Gipsy Hill, SE19 1QY

Beyond Words invites you to enjoy Seni Seneviratne and Hylda Sims plus poets from the floor.

Seni writes poetry bright with passionate intensity. Hylda Sims writes a dash of political reality with enthusiasm and humour.

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Kei Miller at Cultural Exchanges Festival (De Montfort University)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
6:00 PM  7:00 PM
Clephan Building (3.01)
Bonners Lane Leicester LE1
Book online 

“.. when we think about all these borders fidgeting and wriggling and changing. It questions our traditional idea of what poetry is ...”
— Cerys Matthews, Judge of the Forward Prize (2014)

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Vahni Capildeo in York

Vahni Capildeo will be reading in York with Alex Houen in April as part of the Writers at York readings strand.

The event takes place Wednesday 18 April at 6.15pm on the main University of York campus.

We'll publish more details as we have them.

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Leone Ross at RosaCaleta, Berlin

Leone Ross will be appearing at RosaCaleta, Berlin in February and March.

As part of the dinner and entertainment event A Night with Leone Ross, Leone will be reading on 9 March. Local chef Troy will offer a carefully crafted menu around her book, Come Let Us Sing Anyway, alongside some firm RosaCaleta favourites.

Leone will also pre-empt her March appearance with a short reading via live-stream on 25 February for RosaCaleta's Super Soul Sunday, as part of Black History Month.

RosaCaleta offers an inspired Jamaican-European fusion menu.

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