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National Poetry Day: In Transit (St Pancras International Takeover)

Thu
28th September 2017 10:00
St Pancras International Station
Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London N1C 4QP
Join us at St Pancras International station for pop-up poetry events across the day to explore freedom and global travel.

Poetry Storytellers - 10:00 - 18:00

Collect travelling memoirs with poetry buskers Dean Atta, Laila Sumpton, Rachel Piercey and Maddi Maxwell-Libby who will be jumping on unsuspecting commuters and handing out a very different sort of train ticket.

Freedom of Movement Poetry Workshop - 12:30 - 13:30

What does freedom look like, sound like, taste like? Using our senses, train stories and escape routes we'll write our way to a further understanding of our individual and collective freedom(s) .  At lunchtime why not stop in for a freedom poetry workshop with poet Rachel Long, leader of the Octavia collective for women of colour.

In Transit - 18:30 - 19:45

Our festivities end with a special event curated by Poet in the City Producers. Join us by the John Betjeman statue for an evening of poetry and music to celebrate National Poetry Day.

Exploring the freedom of travel and its struggles, whether that be through stories of seeking asylum, returning home or embarking on adventure. Poets and performers will bring the stories of those who travel to seek refuge to the foreground as we interrogate present day struggles for freedom around the world. Through music and poetry artists will show what magic can be achieved when people from around the world meet and forge new and unique identities within London.

Bringing the stories of those who travel to seek refuge to the foreground and we interrogate present day struggles for freedom around the world.

Come and listen to our line-up of mesmerising poets and musicians, including Jolade Olusanya, JJ Bola and Basel Zaraa.

This event is produced by Poet in the City Producers Ariel Silverman, Olivia Amura, Rhea Seedher and Chibeza Mumbi.

Jolade Olusanya is a frequently travelling  poet, photographer and filmmaker. He was a candidate for Spread The Word’s Young People’s Laureate and winner of the 2017 Outspoken Prize for Poetry. He is “passionate about people, the world and sharing the stories within”.


Basel Zaraa is a musician, graffiti artist and spoken word performer. He fused all three in As Far As My Fingertips Take Me, a piece that he performed around the UK exploring his story as a refugee. He desires “to tell [his] story and the story of [his] people and their struggle to find a normal and peaceful life” through his art.


JJ Bola is a Kinshasa-born, London-raised writer, poet and educator. He has released three poetry collections: Elevate, Daughter of The Sun and Word and published his debut novel No Place To Call Home earlier this year. Bola has performed at The Roundhouse, at Glastonbury and abroad in The US where he won the Oakland Poetry Slam.

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