But We Are Still Here, Octavia @ Tate Modern




Heather Agyepong Yaa 2017 (detail)


A performance of new works commissioned in response to the Tate Modern collection and But we are Still Here

Join Octavia Poetry Collective as they perform new works created as personal responses to the Tate collection, through the themes of But we are Still Here.

Rachel Long, Sarah Lasoye (performing work by Victoria Adukwei Bulley) and Amaal Said will perform these works in response to Rhythm 0 by Marina Abramovich, Monument 1980–1 by Susan Hiller and Pavilion Suspended in a Room I by Cristina Iglesias.

Octavia is a poetry collective for women of colour led by Rachel Long and housed at Southbank Centre.

Susan Hiller, ‘Monument’ 1980–1
Susan Hiller
Monument 1980–1
© Susan Hiller
Cristina Iglesias, ‘Pavilion Suspended in a Room I’ 2005

Cristina Iglesias
Pavilion Suspended in a Room I 2005
© Cristina Iglesias


Performances take place in the Blavatnik Building near the artworks which inspired them on display in Level 0: VoicesLevel 2: Between Object and Architecture and Level 3: Performer and Participant

London SE1 9TG
Plan your visit


25 November 2017 at 16.00–17.00

Drop-in, no booking necessary











Octavia Poetry return to Southbank Centre

Josette and Hibaq

The incredible Octavia Poetry Collective will be performing Southbank Centre as part of Strive Festival 2016 on Saturday 6th August, 8-9pm.
Strive is a fantastic festival for and curated by young creatives.
Tickets are just £5, and there are 50% off concessions too. A bargain really for the show we have in store.


Confusion of Tongues, Art and the Limits of Language, Courtauld Commission

Confusion of Tongues: Art and the Limits of Language
MA Programme Curating the Art Museum, 16 June – 17 July 2016

It was an absolute pleasure to be commissioned by The Courtauld Gallery‘s MA Curating students to write poems in response to some of the works within their fantastic exhibition, Confusion of Tongues: Art and the Limits of Language last weekend.

The exhibition is still on for another week, so if you have a chance I’d highly recommend going.

Octavia Celebrating WOW at The Poetry Library


Josette and Hibaq

See the canon differently at an event celebrating unsung women poets and up-and-coming stars.

Octavia is a poetry group of women of colour, led by Rachel Long. The group explores issues of intersectionality, sexuality, and the representation of women of colour.

The group explores issues of intersectionality, sexuality, and the representation of women of colour.

The women have also been working with Poetry Library librarians to discover some of the hidden heroines of poetry. They highlight the significance of their voices both on stage and in a resource at the event.

Free but booking essential. Emailspecialedition@poetrylibrary.org.uk to reserve your place.

This event is supported by Apples and Snakes.

Serious Play @ Barbican


Easmes 1

Come, Serious Play @ Barbican Centre, Sat 28th November 2015
11am – 5pm, Garden Room, Fountain Room and foyer spaces


For Charles and Ray Eames, the importance of play was a source of creativity and made its way into all of their work. Immerse yourself in the joy of play through a day of workshops, performances and activities at this free, one day event inspired by The World of Charles and Ray Eames. There will be an array of wonderful things going on that day, from making your own spinning tops to contributing to installations as well as music and dance.

I’ll be running TWO poetry workshops alongside Antosh Wojcik – Poet, Performance Poet, Writer one for Children (6-11 yrs), 11am-12.30pm, and the Advanced Workshop (13-18 yrs), 1.30-3pm in which we’ll play with words and their meanings, re-imagine Lewis Carroll’s ‘nonsense’ poem Jabberwocky, construct a 3D House of Cards poem and end with a performance to a live audience.

For further information and to book your place on the poetry workshops please contact: creative.learning@barbican.org.uk.


Commissioned Article for Spread the Word, ‘Three Things to Remember When Performing Your Own Work Live’

‘Honesty is always the best policy. Your own voice and style is important to both your writing and performance. It is unique. No one else can do it like you can. Don’t imitate Kate Tempest, or do a Joelle Taylor or Polarbear, if you are not Kate, or Joelle, or Polar. Steer clear of the ‘American slam poet’ voice if you are not an American slam poet. Avoid nervous jokes – being funny is not a perquisite to being a writer. Ditto amateur dramatics. If your work needs tears, shouting, contortions of the face or body, kneeling and/or flailing arms, perhaps you need to rewrite it. A good poem should not need you to be its writer and its back up dancer…’

Read the full article here:

Featuring at Speakeasy – Cambridge

speakeasyThe thing about being part of a great poetry collective (BAR) is that it is made of up of great poetry people (All, but in this specific instance, Charlotte Higgins), who are great poets in their own right AND have their own great poetry nights (Speakeasy) – and they invite you to perform at them.

Sunday 2nd November // 8pm // ADC Theatre Bar, Cambridge, CB5
I’ll be featuring alongside Michelle Madsen.
There will also be an open mic.

Box office: 01223 300085
Free online booking: https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/literary/speakeasy-(1)
(tickets £5 for students, otherwise £6)

Who fancies a road trip? Well, train trip…