This month we're asking two questions, where is the art in your life, and where is home for you? As we continue to lament the ongoing calamity that is the slow deaths of political accountability and democractic responsibility, we want to take this month to remember what drives us to create art in all of its forms; art that builds connections, gives us purpose, widens and focuses how we interpret the world, and gives us a place where we feel safe, a home. Your own portable paradise…
This month we're asking two questions, where is the art in your life, and where is home for you? As we continue to lament the ongoing calamity that is the slow deaths of political accountability and democractic responsibility, we want to take this month to remember what drives us to create art in all of its forms; art that builds connections, gives us purpose, widens and focuses how we interpret the world, and gives us a place where we feel safe, a home.
Your own portable paradise…
YOUR FEATURES WILL BE
🎭 Gboyega Odubanjo 🎭
Gboyega Odubanjo is a British-Nigerian poet born and raised in East London. In 2018 he completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia (UEA). His debut pamphlet, While I Yet Live, was published by Bad Betty Press in 2019.
Gboyega is an alumnus of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective and Barbican Young Poet programmes, and is currently a Roundhouse Resident Artist. If you've seen him read, you know he's a certified boss.
🎭 Roger Robinson 🎭
Roger Robinson was born in Hackney, lived in Trinidad but spent most of his adult life in London where he became an unrelenting observer of life in Brixton. A leader of the new dub movement mixing poetry, rhythm and socially conscious themes, he has toured extensively with the British Council, worked consistently with Apples and Snakes, and is a co-founder of the international writing collective Malika's Kitchen.
Chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon over the past 50 years, he has also published short fiction, performed multiple 1 man shows at Battersea Arts Centre - BAC, and published the poetry pamphlets Suitcase (2004) and Suckle (2009), the latter winning the The People's Book Prize. His first full poetry collection, The Butterfly Hotel was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2012, and his latest collection 'A Portable Paradise' is available via Peepal Tree Press now.
As a recording artist Roger is the lead vocalist for King Midas Sound, whose critically acclaimed debut album, Waiting for You was released on Hyperdub Records, and whose own recent album Dog Heart City positively slaps.
Whether you’re a rapper, poet, musician, actor, or storyteller of any kind, you’re welcome to 3 minutes on the mic to do your thing.
We have 10 Open Mic tickets available in advance, so if you don't get a slot ahead of time, arrive at 6:30 to sign up on the door. (7 spots available OTD, plus reserves)
(If you have a backing track/projections/any other technical requirements, please send us an email before the day of event to ensure we can facilitate your performance.)
As always we encourage anyone and everyone to come and take part whether you're a seasoned MC or just want to try something new. Our Hip Hop cypher is space for anyone to shoot your shot and spit your piece over a selection of beats from our DJs. Come and enjoy the vibes and join the conversation by jumping on the mic or standing back and soak it up!
The PTP Cypher takes place after the main event until 11pm, hosted by The Repeat Beat Poet with SolomonsSoul on the decks.
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27a Dalston Lane.
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Artist Credit - Jimoh Buraimoh, Meeting Of The Elders (1975)