Curious? is a free weekend festival of knowledge and learning that will explode all over King’s Cross during the August bank holiday weekend.
The festival, powered by the Knowledge Quarter, will feature science workshops, fascinating talks, family-friendly music and dance, language lessons and live poetry. Wander through a maze of discovery and encounter live experiments, weird and wonderful music, and unexpected pop-up performances.
All activities are completely free and there will be something for everyone! Full details of rest of the programme will soon be available on the festival website.
Poet in the City is delighted to be presenting some fantastic poetry happenings at the Curious? Festival. Here’s what we’ve got in store:
POETRY PARLIAMENT – The Salon, Lewis Cubbitt Square, 4pm on Sunday 30 August
Poet in the City presents the Poetry Parliament, a fantastic public performance in which leading spoken word poets tackle today’s burning political issues head on. Join Dean Atta, Caroline Bird, Deanna Roger and Anthony Anaxagorou as they bring poetry back to the public square and throw some rhythm and a spotlight on the politics of today. Austerity, gender, race; you name it, they’ve got something to say about it.
Politicians watch and learn – this is public debating with a difference!
CURIOSITY QUESTS – children’s poetry and family fun
Joseph Coelho on Saturday 29 August: 12:30pm and 3pm (Conduit/The Crossing)
Kathy Henderson on Sunday 30 August: 12:30pm and 2:30pm (Vistors Centre)
Come and share the magic of discovery through poetry. Award winning children’s poet Joseph Coelho invites you to join him in a fantastic interactive family performance of poems from his award winning collection ‘The Werewolf Club Rules’. Play your part in a giant group poem, go on an imaginary bug hunt, and watch the amazing possibilities of words come to life before your very eyes.
In her poetry tours, acclaimed children’s poet Kathy Henderson will lead you on an amazing adventure into Kings Cross. What kind of city can you see? Where does your imagination take you? Join Kathy as she performs some of her wonderful poems on a special walking tour, and prepare to become star poets yourselves as we explore the magic lurking around every corner.
The main site for the festival is centered around Granary Square and Lewis Cubbitt Square in Kings Cross. Full maps will be provided to festival goers.
Dean Atta is a writer and performance poet. He has been commissioned to write poems for the Damilola Taylor Trust, Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Atta won the 2012 London Poetry Award and was named as one of the most influential LGBT people by the Independent on Sunday Pink List 2012. His debut poetry collection I Am Nobody’s Nigger was published in 2013 on The Westbourne Press.
Caroline Bird is an award-winning poet and playwright. She was short-listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2008 and 2010 for her second and third collections, Trouble Came To The Turnip, and Watering Can. Her fourth poetry collection, The Hat-stand Union, was published in 2013. Her new version of Euripides’s The Trojan Women premiered at the Gate Theatre in 2012 and Chamber Piece premiered at the Lyric Hammersmith in 2014.
Deanna Rodger made a name for herself after winning the UK Slam Poetry competition, touring Germany and performing commissions in places such as, Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing street and 2012 Olympic Team Welcome Ceremony. She acts, facilitates workshops and is a co founder of Chill Pill.
Anthony Anaxagorou is an acclaimed poet, prose writer, playwright, performer and educator. He has published eight volumes of poetry, a spoken word EP, a book of short stories as well as writing for theatre. Anthony is the founder of Out-Spoken – one of London’s premier monthly events for poetry and live music held at The Forge, Camden. He also founded Out-Spoken Press in 2012.
Joseph Coelho, Performance Poet, Playwright. . His plays have received special note from The Verity Bargate Award and The Bruntwood Playwriting Competition. He has written plays for young people for Theatre Royal York, Polka and The Unicorn Theatres. His debut poetry collection Werewolf Club Rules is published by Frances Lincoln and was the winner of the CLPE CLiPPA Poetry Award 2015.
Kathy Henderson is a writer, poet and illustrator with many published titles for children. She has won many awards for her titles including The Kurt Maschler Prize. She is also an artist and printmaker and as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow has been teaching writing to university students. Her book The Dragon with a Big Nose was shortlisted for the 2014 CLPE Poetry Award.