As part of this year’s Poetry & Lyrics Festival line up in June, Nigerian born writer Inua Ellams (Barber Shop Chronicles, NT) and award winning poet Theresa Lola, will be curating a set inspired by rapper Kanye West’s iconic album The College Dropout. The night promises to be equal parts boogie and brilliance, with sets from DJ Sid Mercutio and sizzling new words from a specially assembled playlist of powerhouse poets.
Critically-acclaimed band Benin City will also be performing their new album Last Night on 8th June, fresh from the stage of SXSW in Austin, Texas. The performance, produced by cross-artform theatre company nabokov, is a radical spoken word and music experience charting the evolution and decline of London’s nightlife. The audience will recognise many of their own London experiences as they hear from a cast of characters in a rhythmic, brass-flavoured snapshot of the city’s fading party scene.
The annual festival curated and produced by Poet in the City, a national arts charity that brings poetry to life beyond books, producing classic and contemporary poetry performances taking on major ideas, issues and people. The festival is celebrating its third year with an exciting lineup of artists and performers and a new theme of ‘Legacy and Subculture’.
Taking over Kings Place for two days, the festival will bring together lovers of music and poetry alike
for an eclectic programme of live music, talks, workshops and readings for audiences of all ages. For
the 2018 edition, alongside established artists and performers, Poet in the City have commissioned
an array of talent to take over the Platforms stage for sets open to the public.
Leading the line-up of events for a younger audience is Michael De Souza, otherwise
known as everyone’s favourite crime bustin’, reggae lovin’ Rastamouse, who will be sharing classic stories
from his hit children’s book and TV series before being joined by ‘Lil’ Bruv’ – a rapper turned poet. In an
interactive show for the whole family, the two will embark on an adventure exploring the twists and turns
of rhythm and rhyme.
Also performing is poet Kate Wakeling, who will take her audience on a super-sonic treasure hunt to find
the secret music that fizzes through poetry in an interactive workshop for the whole family.
Poetry & Lyrics Festival 2018
8th-9th June 2018
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London