Over two decades since his death, Tupac is still widely considered to be one of the greatest rappers the world has seen. The Rose That Grew From Concrete, his posthumous poetry collection, remains his only published book, but it went on to form the basis for an album of his poems read out by celebrities and artists, while providing further evidence of his undeniable gift.

In this event chaired by journalist Jacqueline Springer, we bring together Poet Anthony Anaxogorou and musician Saul Williams to discuss Tupac’s work and reflect on the lasting influence of one of hip-hop’s greatest poets. Each performer will read a poem of their choice from the collection, following this with an original piece of their own, inspired by Tupac’s work.

About The Speakers

Anthony Anaxagorou

Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot award-winning poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher, and poetry educator. He has published nine volumes of poetry, a spoken-word EP, and a collection of short stories. He is the founder of Out-Spoken. GB.


Saul Williams

Saul Williams has been breaking ground since his debut album, Amethyst Rock Star, which was released in 2001. After gaining global fame for his poetry and writings at the turn of the century, Williams has performed in over 30 countries and read in over 300 universities, with invitations that have spanned from the White House to the Sydney Opera House.

About The Chair

Jacqueline Springer

Jacqueline Springer a London-based broadcast music journalist & university lecturer. She currently teaches media, culture & music sociology courses at Syracuse & Fordham universities. Jacqueline also contributes to arts output on the BBC and the festival circuit, exploring contemporary black music, identity, culture(s) and media representation.