Poet in the City at The Good Life Experience

15th September 2017 0:00
Hawarden Estate Farm Shop
Chester rd, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3FB
Poet in the City heads to The Good Life Experience with two returning shows:

Poet in the City Presents Langston Hughes: Dreams Deferred

What happens to a dream deferred?

Poet in the City propels you into the heart of the Harlem Renaissance with a celebration of Langston Hughes, a poet whose rhythmic, urgent poetry empowered a generation of new writers, with an aftershock that still reverberates today. Featuring Kayo Chingonyi and performers from the carnival band ensemble Kinetika Bloco.

Kayo Chingonyi: Threnodies

What do ‘cutting shapes’, ‘a sony walkman’ and ‘James Brown’ have in common with the pathways into adulthood in West Africa? Poet Kayo Chingonyi guides us through his experiences of ‘coming of age’ in a London influenced by his Zambian heritage with a performance combining work from his first full-length collection: Kumukanda and a new sequence of Threnodies.

Kayo Chingonyi is a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry and the author of two pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012) and The Colour of James Brown’s Scream (Akashic, 2016). His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, was published in June 2017 with Chatto & Windus. As well as being widely published in journals and anthologies, Kayo has been invited to read from his work at venues and events across the UK and internationally. He was Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from Autumn 2015 to Spring 2016.

He was awarded the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and shortlisted for the inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize and has completed residencies with Kingston University, Cove Park, First Story, The Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and Royal Holloway University of London in partnership with Counterpoints Arts. He was Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from Autumn 2015 to Spring 2016.

Kinetika Bloco is a performance group with an exuberant mix of young brass and woodwind players, drummers, steel pan and dynamic dancers all in costume. They draw influences from the Caribbean, Brazil, West and Southern Africa, New Orleans jazz, Funk and Hip Hop, headlining at the Roundhouse and representing the UK at Beijing Olympic Festival. www.kinetikabloco.co.uk

The Good Life Experience, now in its fourth year on the Hawarden Estate, Flintshire is absolutely unique. Founded by four friends –Cerys Matthews MBE, Steve Abbott and Charlie and Caroline Gladstone- if it fits in with their idea of The Good Life, it features at the festival. Expect to pitch your tent in the shadow of two castles, great locally produced food, axe throwing, foraging, campfire cooking, mass sing-a-longs, over 40 expert craftspeople, comedy, beer served by experts, talks by explorers, a canine circus, raucous music, abseiling, a free 1930s fairground, tree climbing, butchery displays, poetry, literature – including a talk from former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen- and endless How To… talks. And everything is aimed at adults and children alike; there aren’t many festivals that truly do that. www.thegoodlifeexperience.co.uk

Poet in the City is able to offer you 10% off your festival tickets using the code: PITC10
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