12 Apr


Inua Ellams, Theresa Lola, DJ Sid Mercutio

Price: £10, £8 concs

Part of Occupy Festival


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It's a debate that has raged for years and rages still: whether rap is poetry, or poetry is rap. We ain't concerned with this - we respect and cherish both art forms. We seek to share and showcase them at the point at which they meet: music.

This is what The R.A.P Party is about. It's neither club night nor poetry reading, rave nor literary event. It feels more like a low-key house party where a few errant guests make beautiful speeches about why the DJ's selection is the sh*t.

It's what it is.


Line-up for Apr 12:

Cecilia Knapp is a poet, playwright and performer and has been featured in Vogue as one of the UK's young poets to watch. Her first show "Finding Home" was recently published by Burning Eye Books and toured the U.K. extensively.

Gboyega Odubanjo is a British-Nigerian poet born and raised in East London. In 2018 he completed an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the University of East Anglia. His debut pamphlet, While I Yet Live, was published by Bad Betty Press in 2019.

Maxine Sibihwana is a Ugandan 22 year old poet. Her work grapples with navigating grief, displacement and religion in the modern African woman's identity and is currently part of the Roundhouse poetry collective of 2018/19.

Malakaï is a writer and Artistic Director of participatory theatre company The S+K Project. He has been commissioned by Nationwide, & Apples & Snakes. Other work is forthcoming in Wasafiri and Unbound (2018). He is an alumni of the Barbican Young Poets.

Oshanti Ahmed is a poet and performer. She was one of the winners of National Slambassador cohort of 2016 for The Poetry Society and is currently part of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective 2019.

Richard Scott was born in London in 1981. His pamphlet Wound (Rialto) won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016 and Soho (Faber & Faber) is his first book and was shortlisted for the T.S.Eliot Prize in 2018. He teaches poetry at the Faber Academy.

Thembe is a South African born poet based in London. She was shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize in 2017 for her poetry pamphlet, We that Wither Beneath, out on 21st March 2019. She is a TEDx speaker and a member of The Roundhouse poetry collective.

Troy Cabida (b. 1995) is a Filipino poet, editor and producer from south west London. A Barbican Young Poets alum (2016-2018), he is an editor for Siblíní Journal as well as producer for London open mic night Poetry and Shaah.

Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian poet. She is the joint winner of the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Her debut collection is ‘In Search of Equilibrium’ is described as an ‘extraordinary, and exacting study of death and grieving.’

Running Time: Approx 70 mins





Step-Free Access
This event takes place on the first floor of our building, which can be reached via a lift.
There is step-free access into the main foyer of our building, and to the Scratch Bar with accessible toilet facilities on the ground floor.

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