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DIY Space for London
96-108 Ormside Street, SE15 1TF London, United Kingdom
An evening of poetry and prose curated by Goldsmiths, University of London Writers’ Centre, with:
▶ Victoria Adukwei
▶ A K Blakemore
▶ Kate Duckney
▶ Selina Nwulu
▶ Nick Makoha
▶ Kajal Odedra
▶ Alexander Townend
▶ Roisin Batty
▶ Annie Dobson
▶ Katherine Lovage
Compered by CJ Atkinson.
Limited capacity, booking required: bit.ly/2k2279x
Venue information: DIY Space for London is a members' club. Open to members and their guests only. Membership costs £2 for a year. Join and get involved at diyspaceforlondon.org/join/
DIY Space is a single-floor venue. For more info on access: diyspaceforlondon.org/access/
About our readers:
VICTORIA ADUKWEI BULLEY is a British-born Ghanaian poet, writer and facilitator. She is a former member of the Barbican Young Poets. Her work has been commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts, in addition to being featured in The Rialto, and on BBC Radio 4. She was shortlisted for the Brunel University London International African Poetry Prize 2016, and is one of ten poets on the acclaimed UK mentorship programme, The Complete Works. Her debut pamphlet, Girl B, edited by Kwame Dawese, is forthcoming as part of the 2017 New-Generation African Poets series.
A K BLAKEMORE lives and works in London. Her debut full-length collection, Humbert Summer, was released in 2015. Her work has been published in magazines and journals including Poetry Review, Poetry London, Test Centre, clinic and Ambit Magazine. She is currently working on her second collection.
KATE DUCKNEY studied at University of East Anglia (UEA) for both her BA (English Literature with Creative Writing) and her MA (Poetry). She has been published in Ambit, New Writing, Ink Sweat & Tears and Chinatown Journal. Her first collection of poetry, Ada in the Shells, is available from Knives, Forks and Spoons Press. She lives and works in London.
SELINA NWULU was Young Poet Laureate for London 2015-6. Her first chapbook collection, The Secrets I Let Slip was published by Burning Eye Books in September 2015 and is a Poetry Book Society recommendation. Selina writes for a number of online outlets such as The Guardian, Free Word Centre and red pepper and has toured nationally with Apples and Snakes, as part of the ‘Public Address II tour’ as well as more widely at a number of festivals including Glastonbury Festival (official), Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Cúirt International Festival of Literature and Fiery Tongues. She has just returned from a literary tour in India with the British Council. She is currently ‘Writer and Creator in Residence’ at the Free Word centre and Wellcome Trust.
NICK MAKOHA is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow. Winner of the 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for his manuscript Resurrection and 2015 Brunel International African Poetry prize. His poems appear in The Poetry Review, The Rialto, TriQuarterly Online, Boston Review, Callaloo Journal, and Wasafiri Magazine. Find him at nickmakoha.com
KAJAL ODEDRA is a British Indian writer and activist from the Midlands. She writes about identity, religion and politics. She is currently working on her first novel about an Indian immigrant family living in nineties Britain during the rise of New Labour.
ALEX TOWNEND is a writer and musician living in South East London. He is a graduate of the Goldsmiths Creative Writing MA and his poetry has been featured in Ambit, Lighthouse, Ink Sweat and Tears, The Interpreter's House and CORDA MAGAZINE. He is currently working towards his first collection.
ROISIN BATTY is a third year undergraduate from Norwich studying BA English Literature with Creative Writing at Goldsmiths. Her poetry has been described as 'engaging with bright visuals… while treading the fine line between language that might obscure or reveal.' Roisin has recently released her debut zine; Three Times My Lucky Number in collaboration with the Goldsmiths Zine Society.
ANNIE DOBSON studies English and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths. She has been published in Flight Journal, Litro Magazine and is forthcoming in Ambit. She is also a member of the young writers programme the The Writing Squad.
KATHERINE LOVAGE is a third year undergraduate English and Creative Writing student at Goldsmiths. She lives in Crofton Park and enjoys television and dental hygiene.