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Spoken Word with Paula Varjack and Bram E. Gieben
Fri 21 October 2016, 18:30 – 20:00 BST
Featuring performances and readings by Paula Varjack & Bram E. Gieben from the books Letters I Never Sent to You & Ex Nihlo by Bram E. Gieben.
London based Paula Varjack & Glasgow based Bram E. Gieben are artists who both share a deep frustration with the question “Where are you from?” (their answers being anything but straight forward) . Their writing is primarily for performance, with varied influences and a love of performing with music. Bram was the first reader and editor of Letters I Never Sent To You, so was a natural choice to support the launch. Bram is a recovering nihilist, while Paula aspires to be an optimist. Somehow they still get on.
Letters I Never Sent to You is a collection of impressions and encounters; of people briefly met and of places passed through and lived in. It explores the sometimes slippery nature of the word “home”, and how love and heartbreak can be felt just as strongly for a place as for a person. It explores connection and disconnection with places, people and the spaces in which we encounter them. It tells stories of a life split between places, identities, languages, nationalities, sexualities and of running away and running into yourself, of love lost and found again.
Paula Varjack is a writer, filmmaker and theatre maker. Her work explores identity, the unsaid, and making the invisible visible. She makes work across disciplines; performance, theatre, documentary and spoken word. In addition to performing, she facilitates workshops with a wide range of age groups, using writing prompts and drama games to unblock creativity. Born in Washington D.C. to a Ghanaian mother and a British father, out of they many places she has lived she considers east London to be "home".
Bram E. Gieben, also known as Texture, is a writer, performer and musician based in Glasgow, Scotland. He is a member of spoken word trio Chemical Poets and live literature collective Writers Bloc, and a co-founder of the Black Lantern Music collective and Weaponizer Press. His writing has previously been published by io9, The Quietus, Mishka NYC, Timid Pirate Press, Red Squirrel and The Skinny.
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