Last Poet Standing Film by Juliana Ramos Da Costa

Hello 2015.

You’ve been quite a year already, quietly watching me travel the South East and South West of the UK, delivering workshops and tap dancing my tongue at gigs. You passed on my number in a late night bar to the gorgeous Ledbury Poetry Festival, and I want you to know that I have seen a lot of Ledbury since. I have been your Poet in Residence for schools, pulling poetry out of teenager’s mouths in leafy lanes and Pupil Refrerral Units. Teaching books to dance.

And now you tell me that there are even more magical things in store for the year. I am writing my first one woman show in 15 years The Space Between Words;  I will be creating another hour long piece for composer Stephan Hodel that choreographer Fabien Reimar, a first soloist with English National Ballet, will create pieces that fellow ENB dancers will perform *, and have started a new novel Seven Small Books About Everything.

In between times you are sending me to North Somerset to co-ordinate a spoken word festival in schools and libraries. At the same time you are booking me into secondary schools and colleges across London for SLAMbassadors UK, while still finding a moment to make sure I can tutor and feature for the miraculous Arvon Centre. And the Royal Court masterclass has given me a certain stride useful to city living.

And if that wasn’t enough…? 2015, you have emailed me this:

*a beautiful film of Last Poet Standing created by stunning VJ Artist Juliana Ramos da Costa



BOOK LAUNCH 6 November 6.30pm Phoenix Artists Club

My new collection The Woman Who Was Not There on Burning Eye Books will be launched in the smoke haunted half-written Soho environs of Phoenix Artists Club on November 6 at 6.30pm.

Phoenix Artists Club

1 Phoenix Street

London WC2H 9BU

It’s been a long journey. Please come and help me make the final few steps.

A few of my heroes and linguistic revolutionaries will be coming along to show love, and the pre gig will feature the awesome talents of Salena Godden, Raymond Antrobus, Anthony Anaxagorou, Megan Beech, PACE and others. 

‘We need poetry like this. Fearless’ Benjamin Zephaniah
‘Joelle Taylor’s a shape shifter,myth maker, linguistic risk taker; poetical activist, surrealist with a raised fist. She knows how to handle a pen’ Patience Agbabi
‘A city gritted heart- beaten tattoo’ John Hegley


Free entry. RSVP

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