In a moment in which cultural hybridity has never been more important, we take a moment to reflect on the fantastic wealth of African poetry past and present. The event will feature discussion and reading from Belinda Zhawi, whose work explores memories of her rural and urban Zimbabwean childhood, and academic Joan Anim-Addo, whose focus has been on Caribbean literature, diaspora and women's writing. We will also be joined by musician Niles Hailstones and members of The Afrikan Revolution. Hosted by Out-Spoken's Anthony Anaxagorou, we will explore the impact of the African legacy on British culture and beyond.
Belinda Zhawi is a Zimbabwean born writer, educator and London Laureate for 2015-16. She has performed across the UK in numerous venues, festivals and events including Africa Writes, Bestival, and the Southbank Centre. Belinda co-founded and hosts the monthly poetry night, BORN::FREE. She is also the 2016/17 Associate Poet for the ICA.
Professor Joan Anim-Addo has produced a diverse body of work which incorporates poetry, opera, plays and academic research. She is chair of the Caribbean Women Writers Alliance (CWWA) and founder-editor of the journal Mango Season, which focuses on Caribbean women’s writing. Joan is Professor of Caribbean Literature and Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London and Director of The Centre for Caribbean Studies.
Anthony Anaxagorou is an award-winning poet, short story writer, publisher and poetry educator. He has published eight volumes of poetry, most recently Heterogeneous. He was a judge for the 2016 BBC Young Writers Award and is currently the poet in residence at several London schools where he teaches poetry and creative writing. Anthony also founded the Out-Spoken live poetry and music night in 2012, and Out-Spoken press in 2013.
Asheber and The Afrikan Revolution is a supergroup led by multi-talented musician and educator Niles ‘Asheber’ Hailstones and features many of the most innovative and influential grassroots musicians and teachers ever gathered in one place within the UK. Asheber & The Afrikan Revolution represents a universal oneness in consciousness from an Afrikan base using both the creative arts and education as the core principles upon which all else is based.