Two award-winning poets, one intimate conversation – Joelle Taylor and Malika Booker join us to discuss how their remarkable literary work has championed a host of marginalised voices.

Hot off the heels of her T.S. Eliot Prize winning C+NTO & Other Poems, acclaimed poet, playwright and author Taylor is a writer whose work is beloved throughout the world of slam poetry and the LGBTQ+ community.

Joining Joelle in conversation will be fellow poet and multi-disciplinary artist Malika Booker. Widely considered a ‘pioneer of the present spoken word movement in the UK’, Booker is the co-founder of writers’ collective Malika’s Poetry Kitchen and was the first Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

About The Poet

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Malika Booker

Malika Booker is a poetry Lecturer at Manchester University, a British poet of Guyanese and Grenadian Parentage and the founder of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen. Her first poetry collection Pepper Seed (Peepal Tree Press, 2013) was shortlisted for the OCM Bocas prize and the Seamus Heaney Centre 2014 prize for first full collection. She is published with the poets Sharon Olds and Warsan Shire in The Penguin Modern Poet Series 3:Your Family: Your Body (2017). A cave Canem Fellow, she won The Forward Poetry Prize for Best Single Poem (2020). 

About The Author

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Joelle Taylor

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright and author. Taylor founded SLAMbassadors, the UK’s national youth slam championships, for the Poetry Society in 2001, and was its Artistic Director and National Coach until 2018. She is the host and co-curator of Out-Spoken, the UK’s Centre’s premier poetry and music club, resident at the Southbank Centre Purcell Room. Taylor is the author of three poetry collections, three plays, and a collection of short stories, The Night Alphabet (forthcoming). She is widely anthologised and her work is taught as part of the OCR GCSE syllabus. A Radio 4 documentary about her work, Butch, was broadcast in 2020. She has also featured on The Verb R3, Power Lines R4, Poetry Please Radio 4, Educating the East End (ITV), and We Belong Here (BBC).Taylor is a Fellow of the RSA, received a Change Maker Award from the Southbank Centre in recognition of the impact SLAMbassadors has had on British culture, and was longlisted for the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship in 2017 and 2019.