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Spoken Word and the Contemporary Novel: A School of Arts Event

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When 22-year-old youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman performed her poem ‘The Hill We Climb’ at the 2021 inauguration of President Joseph Biden, she rightfully established spoken word as a leading force in the contemporary literary landscape. We will explore the works of award-winning spoken word poets, including Birkbeck’s own Keith Jarrett, and consider how spoken word has shaped commercially and critically successful debut novels such as Elizabeth Acevedo’s ​The Poet X​ and Oyinkan Braithewaite’s ​My Sister, the Serial Killer.

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Jodie is a Lecturer in Creative and Critical Writing in the Department of English, Theatre and Creative Writing, Birkbeck.

Below is the content to be discussed at this event...

Elizabeth Acevedo

- ‘Afro-Latina’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPx8cSGW4k8

- Extracts from ​The Poet X

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH4gIM6TZkQ

Oyinkan Braithwaite

- Extract from ​My Sister, the Serial Killer

https://brittlepaper.com/2018/11/bleach-notebook-excerpt-sister-serial-killer-oyinkan-brait hwaite/

Amanda Gorman

- ‘The Hill We Climb’

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/20/amanda-gorman-poem-biden-inaugur ation-transcript

Keith Jarrett

- ‘A Gay Poem’

https://youtu.be/lF-TM3DZtuo

- ‘Underneath The Skin of Anti-Blackness’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_K9WWicNUA

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