Who's Full? Selina Nwulu and Friends

15th March 2018 18:45
Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Rd, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 3GA
Presented by the Free Word, with Poet in the City.

Want to experience the power and politics of words in action?

Join us for the launch of Who’s Full? – an electric new series of poems interrogating our complex relationship with food – by acclaimed writer and former Young Poet Laureate for London, Selina Nwulu.

In a jam-packed evening of spoken word performances, discussions, sonic sensations and something for the taste buds, we’ll be unpacking some of the complexities of ‘eating well’.

Who gets to eat what and why? How does the food most readily on offer fail us? What happens when we begin to think about our food beyond the plate – where it’s grown, and at what cost to whose ecosystem?

And how can good eating be made accessible to everyone?

This new series of poems follows a partnership between Selina Nwulu and Free Word, generously funded by the Wellcome Trust. This event showcases the results of a year-long knowledge-exchange between Selina and members of the scientific community, exploring ways of communicating these complex issues through poetry.

This event is produced by Victoria Bastable, a graduate of Poet in the City Producers 2017.

Selina Nwulu: Selina is a writer, social researcher and campaigner with a focus on social and environmental justice, education and global politics. She was Spread the Word's Young Poet Laureate for London 2015-16. ‘Who’s Full?’  is her latest series of poems and is a Wellcome Trust funded collaboration with leading scientists that explores the complexities of eating well. Her debut collection, The Secrets I Let Slip, was published by Burning Eye Books in 2015 and is a Poetry Book Society (PBS) recommendation. Selina has toured with her poetry both nationally and internationally, most notably at Glastonbury, Edinburgh Fringe and StAnza Poetry Festival, St Andrews and Cúirt Literature Festival in Galway. She has been commissioned by Apples and Snakes, the RSA, A New Direction and Free Word.

Sai Murray (host): Sai is a writer, poet, spoken and graphic artist of Bajan/Afrikan/English heritage. In 2015 he was lead writer on Virtual Migrants’ touring production Continent Chop Chop – a theatrical performance combining poetry, music and digital media that addressed issues of race, refugees and climate justice. Sai runs artist/activist promotions agency Liquorice Fish and is a founding poet facilitator of youth arts and campaigning project Voices that Shake!. His poetry collection Ad-liberation is published by Peepal Tree Press.

Maya Chowdhry: Maya is an inTer-aCtive artist, poet and Transmedia writer. Her poetry collections are ‘The Seamstress and the Global Garment’ (Crocus Press, 2006) and ‘Fossil’ (Peepal Tree Press, 2016). She has won many accolades for her work; ‘Butterfly Orchid’ was highly commended in the Forward Prizes, ‘Microbial Museum’ was Guardian poem of the week and she previously won the Cardiff International Poetry Competition. Using invisible theatre and Transmedia storytelling she created ‘Ethical People Movement’, which was produced as part of ‘Continent Chop Chop’ by Virtual Migrants, a story told through poetry, music and digital-media connecting legacies of inequality to climate change. Maya is currently working on ‘Peas on Earth’, an Arts Council funded research and development project exploring food justice through investigating the use of augmented reality to produce an immersive live experience.

Dr Tara Garnett: Tara Garnett initiated, and runs the Food Climate Research Network, now based at the Environmental Change Institute. Her work focuses on the contribution that the food system makes to greenhouse gas emissions and the scope for emissions reduction, looking at the technological options, at what could be achieved by changes in behaviour and how policies could help promote both these approaches. She is particularly interested in the relationship between emissions reduction objectives and other social and ethical concerns, particularly human health, livelihoods, and animal welfare. Much of her focus is on livestock, since this represents a nodal point where many of these issues converge.

Momtaza Mehri: Momtaza Mehri is a poet and essayist with a background in biomedical science. Her work has been featured in DAZED, Buzzfeed, Vogue, BBC Radio, Poetry Society of America, Mask Magazine and Poetry International. Her poetry has also been widely anthologized. She is a Complete Works Fellow and winner of the 2017 Outspoken Page Poetry Prize. Her chapbook sugah lump prayer was published in April 2017 as part of the New Generation African Poets series. She also edits Diaspora Drama, a digital platform showcasing international immigrant art

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