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Poetry & Lyrics 2017: Searching for Utopia (Podcast)

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11th June 2017 0:00

As part of Poet in The City's festival of Poetry & Lyrics, we are inviting poets, musicians and academics to take part in a special podcast: Searching for Utopia. Together we will explore how the realms of poetic language and music have decoded the search for a perfect world - be it personal, political, or spiritual. Through performance, reflection and debate we examine the potential for Utopia, and its flaws, taking the listener on a creative journey to imagine the impossible. Featuring performance and discussion from poets Ruth Padel and James Massiah, Reverend Lucy Winkett and musician Niles 'Asheber' Hailstones from the Afrikan Revolution.

James Massiah is a poet, musician and DJ from South London. From grime music to the Bible his work explores morality, religion and the human condition. He’s been commissioned to produce work for the BBC, the Guardian, Britvic and Nike, as well as featuring in campaigns for Levi’s and Dr Martens. He has performed readings of his work at the Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Houses of Parliament.

Ruth Padel is an award-winning poet, scholar, novelist, critic and former Chair of the Poetry Society. Closely connected to music and wildlife conservation, she blurs the lines between science and art with and influence of cultures from India to Greece. Born in London, she began as a classicist, teaching and writing on ancient Greek tragedy (In and Out of the Mind, 1992 and Whom Gods Destroy, 1995) and has lived extensively in Crete.

Lucy Winkett is rector of St James's Church, Piccadilly, where she leads a thriving religious and artistic community. She was the first woman priest appointed to St Paul's Cathedral. Before being ordained, she worked as a professional soprano. She broadcasts regularly on religion, gender and contemporary culture and is a long-standing contributor to BBC Radio 4’s "Thought for the Day". She was a founding advisor for the public theology think tank “Theos” and co-founder of “Leading Women”, a national development programme for women clergy.

Niles ‘Asheber’ Hailstones is a multi-talented musician and educator. He leads the dynamic collective, Afrikan Revolution, telling his story through reggae, jazz, soul, blues and spoken word. Formed in 2007, infinite musical possibilities arise whenever the collective gather whether for live shows, studio sessions, workshops or community events. The group have worked with hundreds of international artists and organisations globally including: Fela Kuti, Jiimy Cliff, Toumani Diabate, Misty In Roots and many, many more.

Poet in the City Producers is a group of talented 16-25 year olds producing events for high-profile venues as part of our programme.

This special edition podcast episode is brought to you by Poet in the City Producers Axel Kacoutié, Amica Sciortino Nowlan, Ariel Silverman, Louisa Danquah, Milica Cortanovacki and Olivia Amura.
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