01484 951108 office@huddlitfest.org.uk

01484 951108 office@huddlitfest.org.uk

01484 951108 office@huddlitfest.org.uk

Online performance: Lockdown poems + Open Mic

£0.00£5.00

Date: Tuesday 23 March at 1pm (Open Mic begins at 2pm)

Venue: Online via Zoom

On the anniversary of the first lockdown, join multi-award-winning poet, novelist and essayist Kei Miller (The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, Augustown, In Nearby Bushes), poet and playwright Chérie Taylor Battiste (Lioness) and poet, playwright and creative writing tutor Michelle Scally Clarke (I Am, She Is) for a special online performance of poems about lockdown, resilience and our Festival theme of ‘Escape’. Kei Miller appears courtesy of Renaissance One.

The event will include a Q&A with the poets and the premiere of the second of three films in the #OutBreakOut series by Dark Horse Theatre, commissioned by HLF for this year’s Festival.

From 2pm-3pm, there will a chance for participants to perform their own work in a welcoming and friendly Open Mic session, led by the Talking Zebras group.

This event will take place on Zoom and we will email you a link prior to the event. If you haven’t used Zoom before, don’t worry! A guide to using Zoom will be up on our website shortly, along with a date for a free Zoom training session.

Please support independent bookshops – order your books from our partners Read bookshop and Fox Lane Books.

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Event Details

Date: March 23, 2021

Start time: 01:00 p.m.

End time: 03:00 p.m.

Venue: Online

Phone: 01484951108

Email: info@huddlitfest.org.uk

Description

On the anniversary of the first lockdown, join multi-award-winning poet, novelist and essayist Kei Miller (The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, Augustown, In Nearby Bushes), poet and playwright Chérie Taylor Battiste (Lioness) and poet, playwright and creative writing tutor Michelle Scally Clarke (I Am, She Is) for a special online performance of poems about lockdown, resilience and our Festival theme of ‘Escape’.

The event will include a Q&A with the poets and the premiere of the second of three films in the #OutBreakOut series by Dark Horse Theatre, commissioned by HLF for this year’s Festival.

From 2pm-3pm, there will a chance for participants to perform their own work in a welcoming and friendly Open Mic session, led by the Talking Zebras group.

NOTE: this is a free event, but if you would like to make a donation to the Festival please click here. If you donate before 31 January 2021, your donation will be doubled through the One Community Match Fund initiative.

Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978 and has written several books across a range of genres. His 2014 collection, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, won the Forward Prize for Best Collection while his 2017 Novel, Augustown, won the Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, the Prix Les Afriques, and the Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-Monde. He is also an award-winning essayist. In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature and in 2018 he was awarded the Anthony Sabga medal for Arts & Letters. Kei has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. He has taught at the Universities of Glasgow, Royal Holloway and Exeter. He is the 2019 Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor to the University of Iowa and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Chérie Taylor Battiste is of Cuban, Jamaican and Bhajan heritage and was born in London and raised in Leeds. After graduating from SOAS University of London, she worked as a TV researcher before moving on to acting, winning the Norman Beaton Fellowship, joining the BBC Radio Drama Company and gaining various parts on stage and screen. Alongside this, she facilitated workshops in prisons and schools. Chérie launched her debut poetry collection Lioness in 2019. She regular performs her poetry and has judged poetry competitions and appeared at the Leeds Library Salon on Social Justice, curated by Renaissance One – she was recently chosen as a Renaissance One ‘Associate Artist’. She is also collaborating with musician, singer and producer Omar Lyefook MBE and working as a scriptwriter on Trumpet, bringing Jackie Kaye’s novel to the stage.

Michelle Scally Clarke’s professional freelance career has just celebrated its 25th anniversary. She has worked alongside ‘Greats’ such as Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jean Binta Breeze, Benjamin Zephaniah, Lemm Sissay, Brian Patten and poet laureate Simon Armitage. She is the author of two memoirs: I Am and She Is. Having made her name as a theatre actor, she has since toured her plays, First Cut and Suitcase, throughout schools in Yorkshire, and was commissioned by the NHS to write, tour and film a play: Jeans, Whose Genes? She has also been working with the Clear Out Your Closet (COYC) Collective, a user-led peer support group of people suffering from mental health issues.

Additional information

Date

23 March 2021

Time

1pm-3pm

Cost

£3, £5, FREE

Venue

ONLINE

Ticket Type

FREE with £3 donation to help Festival funds, FREE with £5 donation to help Festival funds, FREE

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