New series of Telling Her Story @Southbank Centre

‘Get in touch with your creativity in poet Rachel Long’s exclusive space for women of colour. Following a sell-out workshop series in 2016, Rachel has curated a new series centred on reading, writing and poetry.’ A second series of Telling Her Story – poetry workshops for women of colour at Southbank Centre are available to…

Octavia Poetry at Serpentine Galleries

Ideas Through Art: Poetry from the Personal Octavia Poetry Collective will lead a workshop for educators exploring poetry as a method to understand and develop personal identities. ‘Leading out of current discourse around migration, movement and identity, the workshop will create a space to explore how we individually and collectively see and understand the world….

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…

Action Aid #fearless women Poetry Workshop @ Harris Girl’s Academy

Writing a group poem inspired by Warsan Shire’s The House with a class of brilliant Year 9’s from Harris Girl’s Academy on behalf on Spread the Word for Action Aid’s #fearless women campaign. Read more about the camaign here: https://www.actionaid.org.uk/campaign/campaign-for-womens-rights/fearless

Octavia on BBC World Service

Octavia – Poetry Community for Women of Colour featured on BBC World Service‘s Cultural Frontline show yesterday afternoon. We discuss writing, the body, language, representation, and Octavia members, Amaal Said & Sunayana Bhargava read a powerful poem encompassing all of these themes. You can listen to it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03x7892  

Africa Writes Presents Sex, Love & Poetry @ The British Library

Really looking forward to this: Africa Writes presents Sex, Love & Poetry The British Library. I’ll be reading alongside, and discussing sex, love & poetry on a panel with: Caleb Femi, Adam Lowe & SA Smythe. Chaired by Bisi Alimi. Friday 1st July, 6.30-8.30 pm. Word is one must book early to avoid disappointment. For more…

The Rich Mix Anniversary Comrade

The Rich Mix Anniversary Camarade May Monday 2nd : 6pm : Free entry http://www.theenemiesproject.com/richmixcamarade May 2nd : 6pm : Free Entry http://richmix.org.uk/events/spoken-word/rich-mix-anniversary-camarade at Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA To celebrate the ten year anniversary of Rich Mix a special celebratory Camarade event will bring together some of the best known pairs from the series, all of whom…

Octavia’s Ten Minute Takeover of the Arts Emergency Podcast

The brand new Arts Emergency Podcast has arrived! Check it out on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/…/the-arts-emergency…/id1044115346…) and Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/arts-emergency/ep13). This month, we’re talking vulnerability, gratitude and life-defining moments. With stories from playwright and producer Deborah Pearson and Ninjatune signing Throwing Shade. Octavia Poetry takeover the podcast for a whole ten minutes to share some of their work…

Octavia Celebrating WOW at The Poetry Library

  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…

Serious Play @ Barbican

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