An absolute must-see, this event is an intensely personal reflection on the experiences of an immigrant trying to make a life for himself in the UK. Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered to be Boko Haram territory, Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England at just 12 years old, moved to Ireland and eventually settled in London to start work as a writer and designer.

Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, An Evening with an Immigrant sees Inua, now an award-winning poet and playwright, regaling us with the fantastical yet poignant story of how he escaped fundamentalist Islam, performed at the National Theatre and drank wine with the Queen of England – without having a country to belong to or a place to call home.

Inua’s poems are emotive and deeply original, told with a hip hop inflection to the beat of music pulsing softly underneath.

About The Speaker

Inua Ellams

Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is an award-winning poet, playwright & curator. Identity, displacement and destiny are reoccurring themes in his work in which he mixes the old with the new, traditional with the contemporary. His books are published by Flipped Eye, Akashic, Nine Arches, Penned In The Margins, Oberon and Methuen.