Join poet Sophie Sparham in conversation with renowned poet, educator, Dub artiste and all round big-hearted human being Roger Robinson. Catch a poem or two, find out how they are developing and connecting with poetry during these times, and take the opportunity to ask questions.
Thursday 23rd April
1pm – 2pm
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Roger is a writer and educator who has taught and performed worldwide and is an experienced workshop leader and lecturer on poetry. He was chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon. He received commissions from The National Trust, London Opera House, BBC, The National Portrait Gallery, V&A, INIVA, MK Gallery and Theatre Royal Stratford East where he also was associate artist. He is an alumnus of The Complete Works.
His workshops have been part of the Gulbenkian Prize for Museums and Galleries and were also a part of the Webby Award winning Barbican’s Can I Have A Word. He is the winner of the TS Eliot Prize and his latest collection A Portable Paradise was selected as a New Statesman book of the year. He was shortlisted for The CM Bocas Prize, The Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize, and highly commended by the Forward Poetry Prize 2013. He has toured extensively with the British Council and is co-founder of both Spoke Lab and the international writing collective Malika’s Kitchen. He is lead vocalist for King Midas Sound and has also recorded solo albums with Jahtari Records.
About Sophie Sparham
Sophie is a writer and spoken word artist from Derby. Her debut poetry collection ‘Please Mind the Gap’ features a foreword from Benjamin Zephaniah. She has written poetry commissions for Writing East Midlands, BBC Radio 4, The V&A and The People’s History Museum. Sophie gave a Ted X Talk at the University of Kent about how spoken word can improve our cultural awareness.
Sophie co-hosts the poetry night ‘Word Wise’ which won Best Spoken Word Night at the 2019 Saboteur Awards. Last year, her poem ‘The Dead Poets’ was longlisted for the Outspoken Page Prize and she became the first poet to perform at the metal festival Bloodstock Open Air.
Sophie won one of Writing East Midlands 2019 mentorship schemes and is currently working with her mentor, Helen Mort, on her new collection. In October she received a DYCP arts council grant to allow her time to write it. Navigating the Twilight will feature in the collection.
Big White Shed and Writing East Midlands in association with Apples & Snakes
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