Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy headlines this special evening of spoken word and performance poetry, featuring a diverse lineup of artists with an eclectic range of styles and voices that cross many cultures.
The evening is inspired by traditional mehfils; gatherings of courtly entertainment in South Asia performed for small audiences in the homes and palaces of Muslim nobility. It is also in the style of tapas dining; a chance to experience bite-sized portions of work from different voices and to experience new and unfamiliar poetic flavours in a cosy, intimate setting.
Joining Carol Ann Duffy in the stellar line-up are poet, artist and film maker Imtiaz Dharker, who was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014; translator, artist and editor Sudeep Sen, recognised as one of India’s finest younger poets; former Canal Laureate Jo Bell whose recent online project led to the best selling book ‘52: Write a Poem a Week’; writer, performer and the third young Poet Laureate of London, Selina Nwulu; and writer and performer Avaes Mohammad, whose influences range from the Sufi saints of South Asia to Dub Poets of Jamaica. Rehana Roohi is one of Pakistan’s foremost contemporary poets; she uses the ghazal poetic form and recites her poetry in the traditional, melodious tarannum style. Our host for this unmissable evening is the founding member of highly acclaimed spoken word collective A Firm of Poets, Ralph Dartford.