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 in 1984, Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer.  His first play, The 14th Tale, was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre. He is currently working on a new play and a poetry pamphlet called #AfterHours.