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The Motley Muse

The Motley Muse
The Various Art of Poetry, or, ‘Not the Royal Wedding’

In The White Goddess, Robert Graves describes how the status of Irish ollaves was such that they were the only members of the court apart from the King entitled to wear six different colours in their apparel, and memorably compared roving bands of itinerant bards, dazzling in their motley, to the many-coloured mixed flocks of titmice — great, blue, coal, marsh, willow, long-tailed — that roam the countryside in autumn and winter, each singing their distinctive songs.

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Anthony Joseph: The Frequency of Magic

Anthony Joseph: The Frequency of Magic
Saturday 9 June 2018, 5pm
St Pancras Room, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

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Sorrel & Black Cake: A Windrush Story

Sorrel & Black Cake: A Windrush Story
Saturday 23 June 2018, 7-10pm
Room 700, Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3AB

A radiogram stands proud in the corner of Miss Letty’s immaculate front room. Gathered around are her family and friends, full of questions about her life and determined to give her the send-off she deserves. As they delve into her photo album and record collection, they are transported back to her arrival in Britain from the Caribbean in 1948, and the beginning of an incredible story.

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Jacqueline Crooks book tour shapes up

Jacqueline Crooks is planning a number of exciting events in support of her upcoming book, The Ice Migration. She will be reading, delivering workshops and taking part in debates and discussions.

London Live (interview)
Friday 17 May 2018, 5.30pm

Jacqueline will be interviewed live on air. Tune in to hear more about her work and The Ice Migration.

Passport to the Motherland – Migration Dreams
Friday 8 June 2018, 18.00 – 21.45
V&A Museum
All tickets £5

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Jacqueline Crooks at the Northern Short Story Festival 2018

Stories Across Worlds with Jacqueline
Sat 2 June 
Room 1: Carriageworks Theatre

This workshop will help you develop stories that range across landscapes, languages, space and time. Using writing exercises, visuals and soundscapes we will develop unique settings.  We will develop characters and place them within settings that give them voice to tell their unique stories. This workshop is suitable for writers of all levels, particularly those from the margins, writing outside the mainstream.

Tickets: £12 (single event)

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Peepal Tree authors at Words in the City

Dead and Wake: Khadijah Ibrahiim plus guest musicians

Experience a Jamaican ‘Nine Night’ with poet and live artist Khadijah Ibrahiim. Interactive candlelit performance exploring Carribean rituals around death through poetry, music, ghost stories and song.

Features specially created poems and traditional Nine Night songs.

A WITC micro-commission.

Date: Thursday 10th May
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Hope House Gallery
Price: FREE

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Folk on the Tyne Backbone of our Land

Great Exhibition of the North: Folk on the Tyne
Backbone of our Land
Saturday 28th July, 2018. 6pm - 7pm

Backbone of our Land. What does it mean to be Northern? Why do we live here and why do we stay here? A host of leading Northern poets and folk musicians have been asking these questions.

“How did we get here, eh? We’re surprised to find ourselves on the brink of a seismic shift in our national identity but how did we get to this? When did we stop talking to each other? Let’s start talking now.

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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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