Najite Graham

Location
Leicester, Leicestershire
Genre
Performance Poetry, Poetry

Writer Biography

Phoenix began writing lyrics as an MC at the age of 9. That same year, she began to thrust herself into performing at community fun-days and summer projects available to local youngsters.

With an early talent for writing, she had her first poem published at 9 years old through a school competition and landed her first commission in her teens.

But it wasn’t until a recent performance in Holland that she began to consider taking her art more seriously.

Over the past few years, she has supported various established artists such as Mobo Award Winning Rapper Akala, Def Jam Poetry star Black Ice and in her early days she has supported the likes of Skepta and JME.

Phoenix blends her smooth yet controversial poetry with a subtly fierce attitude. She also continues to deliver her hard hitting raps over the softer backdrop of her guitar.

Her music and poetry fuses psychology, philosophy and everyday politics in a powerful but unpretentious manner.

Her performances are said to provoke thought, motivate and inspire.

Bibliography

Performances & Workshops

Spoken Rotterdam: 17th August 2013 (Bird Theatre, Holland)
Phoenix entered an online poetry competition that was judged by Def Jam Poetry star Black Ice and fellow US poets Novokane and G. Yamazawa. She was picked by the judges along with 2 other (Dutch Poets) to perform as a support act for the poetry stars in Rotterdam and for the chance to perform at a second show in New York.

Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival: 6th & 7th July 2012 (Mosely Park, Birmingham)
She performed both her poetry pieces and original songs over two days during the weekend festival. For the second day, she organized and hosted a stage at the festival as a finale of a 4 week creative writing course that she was running.

UOB Black History Month: Oct 2012 (UOB)
Phoenix was invited to University of Birmingham to sit on a panel discussion and give a spoken word performance at a Marcus Garvey themed Black History month event. She performed a 15 minute set relevant to the theme, delivered a talk about her artwork and sat on a Q&A panel discussion.

Akala Support : 8th June 2012 – (The Drum, Birmingham)
Performing as the only spoken word act of the night, Phoenix performed as a support act for the Birmingham segment of Akala’s UK tour.

Process 2010: 29th Nov – 4th Dec 2010 (The Rep, Birmingham)
Phoenix took part in an intensive 6 day theatre laboratory, within which she received tutoring from Hip-Hop theatre pioneer Benji Reid, top US performer Will Power and award winning director Toby Wilsher.

The programme offered cross border theatre tutoring including movement, creative writing and miming. The 6 day course ended with a showcase performance at Birmingham’s Rep Theatre.

BBC Radio Drama – Show & Tell: 7th & 10th June 2010 (BBC, Birmingham)
This was a two day workshop which explored techniques for dramatic writing, producing a radio drama and writer performer work. The workshops included the production of work, performance and hands on recording in the studio.

The workshops were hosted by by Fiona Kelcher, Development Producer for BBC Radio Drama.

Lyric Lounge: 2009 (The Y, Leicester)
Two years later she was introduced to the world of performance poetry through an audition for Lyric Lounge’s & Write way up& . After a successful audition, she was informed that she had won a commission as a result.

This pushed her to explore the wider avenues that the world of creative writing had to offer.

Available for the following:

  • Lectures / Talks / Panels
  • Teaching
  • Live Performances
  • Workshops
  • Community Group Work
  • Volunteering
  • Work Experience/Qualifications

    Knife Crime (Police Commission)
    Phoenix co-delivered a workshop with the founder of Forth Wall Theatre company to raise awareness of Knife Crime in Birmingham. The workshop combined the use of poetry and engaged over 100 students.

    Matthew Boulton College
    Phoenix delivered a talk, Q&A session and spoken word piece to raise the aspirations of students on the Access to Social Science pathway.

    The Challenge
    During summer 2013, Phoenix worked with 16 and 17 years olds, coaching them to develop and run their social action campaigns. During the process, Phoenix used her skills to enable young people to express their opinions on social issues through creative writing and performance.

    UOB Black History Month: Oct 2012 (UOB)
    Phoenix was invited to University of Birmingham to sit on a panel discussion and give a spoken word performance at a Marcus Garvey themed Black History month event. She performed a 15 minute set relevant to the theme, delivered a talk about her artwork and sat on a Q&A panel discussion.

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