Monthly Archives: October 2016

Culture, Conflict, Change – In Place Of War, 21/10/16

Right across the world in zones of violence and disruption In Place of War is building a creative movement, a networked and powerful platform that allows voices to be heard and opportunities to be created. 
They are opening up new creative spaces; sharing stories, fostering radicals and fomenting creative resistance. From the grassroots up, a community of artists and collaborators are exchanging their ideas, their insights and their passions to bring about change in their communities.
This October In Place Of War are curating an event series called Culture | Conflict | Change that will showcase some of the world’s most groundbreaking artists, activists and creative entrepreneurs from sites of conflict, post-conflict and humanitarian disaster.
Myself and theatre art practitioner, Nikki Mailer will be delivering a TED style talk at this event not only discussing the importance and necessity of hearing diverse and marginalised voices but also why our latest project from Outside The Frame is so important! 
Entry is free but please email to register.
Venue: Hyper Island, 24 Lever Street, Northern Quarter, M1 1DZ 

Date: Friday 21st October 12.30-5pm. 
Each cultural producer will deliver TED-style talks about creative activism, cultural production, cultural spaces and digital/funding/tools/future
Speakers include:
Karina Goulordova, Creative Space, Lebanon

MC Benny, Northern Ugandan HipHop Collective, Uganda

Robert Mũnũku, Mau Mau Collective, Kenya

Fabio Pedroza, Moreis Convida, Brazil

Dan Glass, The Glass Is Half Full, UK

Lorraine Bgoya, Magamba, Zimbabwe

Piki Figueroa, Tuina el Fuerte, Venezuela

Laurent Kasindi, Search For A Common Ground, DR Congo

Fenella Dawnay & Kirstin Shirling, Good Chance Theatre, UK

Dríade Aguiar, Fora Do Exio, Brazil

Matt Fenton, Contact, UK

Harnaman Singh Mehta, India

Steve Vickers, The Agency, UK

Rolihlahla Mhlanga, Eyethu Gallery, South Africa

Yandass, UK

Peter Marcuse, Brandalism, UK

Nuradin Abdi, UK

Malose Malahaela, Keleketla! Library, South Africa

Erika Rushton, Islington Mill, UK

Tash Wilcocks, Hyper Island, UK

Ruby Ann Patterson, Mancnubian, UK

Community Arts North West, UK

And more to be announced. Watch this space! 

8th Black & Asian Writers Conference and Festival 2016, Manchester

The Conference was amazing! 
Organised by Cultureword at various venues such as Chapter One Books, Central Library, MadLab and Contact, the event was rich with conversations. The programming partners – Manchester Literature Festival and Black Gold Arts Festival worked seamlessly together. 
The panellists bought their amaxing insights and experiences to the table to include: Adam Beyonce Lowe, Bny Hermitt, Samira Sawlani, Yvonne Battle-Felton, Anjum Malik, Courttia Newland, Dr Jennifer Makumbi, Haamid Sharif, Keisha Thompson, Sanjay Lago, Shruti Chauhan, Benji Reid, Dawn Walton, Javaad Alipoor, Yolanda Mercy, Christina Fonthes, Erica Jarnes, Louisa Uchum Egbunike, Pasha A Ab, JJ Bola , Col Bashir, Charlotte Maxwell, Desiree Reynolds, Radikal Queen, Ian Bobb, Tariq Mehmood , Kavita Bhanot, Nii Parkes, Sandeep Parmar, Cee Bangura, Yomi Sode; and the exhibiting artists, Sarbjit Kaur, Ian Bobb, Bethany Hermitt, Afshan D’souza-Lodhi, Christina Fonthes & Thabo Imasiku and myself! 
The monologue performers in the evening festival included Lucy Miller-Sheen, Claire Hynes, Christina Fonthes and Seni Seneviratna followed by the phenomenal poet, Lemn Sissay, ever the charasmatic orator. 
It was an excellent end to a powerfully informative day! 

Panda Arts – Arts & Social Change, 10/10/2016, Manchester

I am delighted to be sharing the panel with various artists who work within the community to actively inspire social change.  

This event is delivered by PANDA in partnership with Union Street Media Arts as part of the AGMA funded Creative Breaks programme. Come and join us if you’re free for a lively debate! 

Six Poems – Stand Literary Magazine! 

Six of my poems published in this literary magazine is a good way to start my morning! Featuring Eric Paul Schaffer, Helen Mort, John Cassidy and W.D Jackson amongst others! ❤️🙏🏽