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JUNE 13TH 2019




Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright & performer, graphic artist & designer. He is a Complete Works poet alumni and a graphic designer at White Space Creative Agency. He facilitates workshops in creative writing where he explores reoccurring themes in his work - Identity, Displacement and Destiny - in accessible, enjoyable ways for participants of all ages and backgrounds. 

His creative work has been recognised with a number of awards: The Live Canon International Poetry Prize, The Arts Council of England Award, a Welcome Trust Award, twice shortlisted for the Brunel Prize for African Poetry, longlisted the Alfred Fagan Award, Edinburgh Fringe First Award 2009 and the Liberty Human Rights Award.

He has been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Tate Modern, Louis Vuitton, Chris Ofili, BBC Radio & Television. His first three pamphlets of poetry ‘Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales’ and ‘Candy Coated Unicorn and Converse’ were published Flipped Eye and 'The Wire-Headed Heathen' by Akashic Books. Several plays including the critically acclaimed Black T-shirt Collection and award-winning The 14th Tale are published by Oberon. In 2005, he founded the Midnight Run— an arts-filled, night-time, playful, walking, urban movement that attempts to reconnect inner city lives with inner city spaces.


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Featured Artists



Jessica Anastasia also known as Jess the Poetess or Poetess Jess is a Christian Spoken word artist Currently studying Performance and Creative Enterprise at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama. 

Poetess Jess has been writing for over 5 years but is fairly new to open mic nights. She uses her spoken word to express her thoughts, concerns and to share her experiences. 

She is commonly known for her rebuking spoken word pieces and the command and intensity in her voice that inclines peoples ear to listen. She says that spoken word is a gift God has given her to relate to todays generations. 

Poetess Jess believes we are living in a time like never before, where this generation has become so comfortable in discomfort, and now it’s time we get uncomfortable.

All Poetess Jess wants is for God to be glorified and for her Spokenword poetry to reach the hearts of all generations, to captivate, to motivate and to liberate. 



Clarence Jackson is a Jamaican born poet with an ambition to encourage and inspire listeners with thought provoking lines on life experiences, holistic development, culture and social issues. He enjoys motivating people to live on purpose with positive life changing principles.