What do contemporary poets and spoken word artists have to say about hip-hop's past, present and future? Find out at Inua Ellams' Rhythm And Poetry Party aboard the Dixie Queen sailing down the Thames on Wednesday 12 September, with a stellar line up sure to get you moving...
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 and 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 the National Theatre in London.
Danielle Dash is the writer, director and producer of the multi award-winning web based drama series Dear Jesus that won Favourite Web Series at the Screen Nation Digital Awards. She is currently working in comedy and drama TV development and is set to be the UK’s Shonda Rhimes! She writes about race, gender and popular culture on her blog.
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.
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.
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 well-being and has since been invited on television and at festivals to further discuss the matter.
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.
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 of Best Fiction at the 2018 British Podcast Awards.
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.
Tyrone Lewis is the first ever Roundhouse Poet and a Roundhouse Poetry Slam Champion. Based 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.
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, and BFI x Galdem