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  

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…

Why Not Strive?

Why Not Strive? An Inclusive club night for young people made by Southbank Centre Youth Ambassadors happening tomorrow night (Friday 23 October), Festival Village, Southbank Centre, 7-9pm. I’ll be performing alongside RaymondAntrobus and Heart ‘N’ Soul DJ’s. Really wishing I’d had the good sense to have gone to a club night this cool, of poetry, music…

Myths and Monsters, Light and Black History Month

It was a real joy to work with the little poets of Small Heath, Birmingham yesterday as part of The Emma Press Myths and Monsters Children’s Tour. We threefold celebrated that, National Poetry Day – this years theme being Light, and Black History Month – managing to incorporate them all into one group poem. This…

Poetry Takeaway and Clay – Stoke

   Pausing for breath – and still smiling – between orders in Stoke-on-Trent for the Appetite Festival. A shift in the Poetry Takeaway van is one series writing workout, full of surprising requests and ‘more tears than a Lassie boxset’ (as quoted by Mike, the poetry head chef). I’ll be back in Stoke on Saturday…

Intercity Flow Anthology Launch

I’ve been a bad website post-er of late. This is because I have been doing lots of post-worthy things rather than not. I probably need to learn how to do both at the same time – like taking a photo of oneself in a club having a good time.  Or not. Alas, this is what…

Sex in the Afternoon

Sex in the Afternoon: Wellcome Collection This Sunday (26th July) is the Sex in the Afternoon event at the Southbank Centre in the Purcell Room. Poets, Kei Miller, Warsan Shire, Malika Booker and Rachel Mars present their poetry and prose exploring the theme of sex. I, along with a few of my Burn After Reading…