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Poetry versus Colonialism (Arts Weeks 2021)

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Poets Keith Jarrett, Nick Makoha, Miriam Nash and Laila Sumpton perform new work and discuss the power of poetry to uncover the history of colonialism.

Join Birkbeck academic and poet Keith Jarrett and Poetry Versus Colonialism poets Nick Makoha, Miriam Nash and Laila Sumpton, as they perform new work and discuss the power of poetry to uncover the history of colonialism and its materials such as sugar, tobacco, gold in schools and for older audiences. 
 
This Arts Council-funded project brings together academics, poets, museums and schools and uses poetry as the means of articulating and processing the affective, troubling and surprising histories and realisations about the everyday legacies of colonialism.
 
Keith Jarrett is a writer, performer and educator of Jamaican heritage who teaches at Birkbeck. 
 
Laila Sumpton is a half British, half Indian poet, editor and educator working on poetry projects with universities, hospitals, schools, museums and galleries. 
 
Nick Makoha was shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection for his debut Kingdom of Gravity. He is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow, Malika’s Kitchen Fellow and Complete Works Alumni. 
 
Miriam Nash is a poet, performer and educator and receiver of a Fulbright Scolarship. All the Prayers in the House, her first collection, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2017 and won a Somerset Maugham Award in 2018.

Sandra Agard is a storyteller, writer, and literary consultant. She was born in London to Guyanese parents, and her storytelling is steeped in African Caribbean oral traditions.

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This event takes place online. You will receive an email one hour before the start of the event with a link to join. The email will come from messenger@bbk.ac.uk - please check your junk/spam inbox if you have not received the email one hour before the start of the event.

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