Living In Poetry Festival 2018

Sat 27 Oct - Sun 28 Oct


4pm – 6pm
Live Podcast: Octavia Takeover

Octavia – the poetry collective for womxn of colour, founded by Rachel Long. Octavia was born in response to the lack of representation and inclusivity in literature and academia. Since 2015, Octavia have come together to read beyond the canon and write themselves, currently housed at the Southbank Centre in London. They’ve been widely featured on BBC World Service, The Guardian, ASOS, Hotdog Magazine, and have run poetry and creative-educational workshops for University of Oxford and the Serpentine Galleries.

Join them in discussion and performance speaking about the issues that brought them together – many of which we will recognise as having an effect on us too.

Octavia are: Amaal Said, Amina Jama, Anita Barton-Williams, Anjali Barot, Ankita Saxena, Belinda Zhawi, Hibaq Osman, Josette Joseph, Momtaza Mehri, Raheela Suleman, Rhondda Rhiannon, Rachel Long, Sarah Lasoye, Sunayana Bhargava, Tania Nwachukwu, Theresa Lola, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Virginia Joseph & Zahrah Sheikh.

1pm – 2pm

Discussion: Mental health, poetry and the arts
What does engaging with the arts have to do with mental health? Join our panel of poets from charity Poetic Unity as they screen their short film (as seen on the BBC) and speak to health professionals about this crucial topic.

Sharing their poetry with you will be:

Magero – poet/spoken word artist, workshop facilitator and co-founder of ‘The Brotherhood Creative Collective’.

Magero is known as a vivid storyteller who incorporates a fusion of poetry, music and acting within his artistry. He has been described by some as a ‘poetic illusionist’ due to his intricate writing style and ability to misdirect audiences through manipulating their perception within his narrative which often include unexpected plot twists.

Free Spirit – Saida is a motivational / empowerment poet whose stage name is Freespirit_Ekundayo. Her poetry explores the struggles faced by many and often seeks to unravel and unpick the deeper meaning behind pain and suffering. She empowers people to fight through darkness and constantly reminds the masses that where there is darkness there is always the opportunity to find light.

3pm – 4.30pm
Discussion: Industry Insight

Are you a writer in need of some advice? Join our panel of professionals as they share their experiences and wisdom on how to get noticed as a writer and performer and what to watch out for along the way. On the day, hear from…

LionHeart – TEDx Speaker, Award Winning Poet and International SpokenWord Performer. Author of debut poetry collection ‘The Mute’s Rebellion’, which excavates memories of social anxiety, selective mutism, upbringing, emotional vulnerability and more.

Commissioned by Lloyds of London, the BBC, the British Library for Shakespeare’s 400th birthday, Gillette and leading pharmaceutical companies worldwide.

The first Poet in Residence at The Building Centre, exploring Architecture & Poetry’s relationship around emotional inhabitance, psychology and memory.

LionHeart is also co-founder of SubjectivityUK – an international immersive discussion platform, making room for wider conversation, one city and one show at a time. Pioneering conversation for the next generation.

Tom MacAndrew is a freelance producer and arts educator, specialising in poetry, spoken word and live literature. Tom has over ten years’ experience working with poets, venues, schools, publishers, and all manner of arts organisations. Recent clients include: Forward Arts Foundation, Penned in the Margins, the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, and Poetry by Heart. He currently manages the Young People’s Laureate for London programme for Spread the Word.

Tom is a member of the team at Out-Spoken/Out-Spoken Press, running London’s premier spoken word and music night, and publishing some of the UK’s most exciting poets. He recently produced the UK Tour of Francesca Beard’s one-woman show, How to Survive a Post-Truth Apocalypse and the podcast series Bedtime Stories for the End of the World with Eleanor Penny. He is in the process of developing work with poets Joshua Idehen, Joelle Taylor, Ella Frears and Anthony Anaxagorou.

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