Sweet Solitude

18th June 2018 19:00
Free Word
60 Farringdon Rd, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 3GA
What does it mean to be silent?

Everybody has felt silenced. But can it be an active choice? How can we use that silence to express ourselves?

Poet in the City Producers invite an eclectic array of voices from across the artistic landscape to explore creativity in relation to solitude. Set aside the noise of the city for an evening of inspiring contemplation.

The event will investigate the societal factors that might cause a person to retreat or be rendered mute, and how solitude, both inflicted and self-imposed, can manifest itself creatively.

Featuring poets Jacob Sam-La Rose who will be exploring dual heritage, masculinity and the accompanying solitude that both these identifiers can bring, and Nick Makoha, whose inspiring Lost Collection of an Invisible Man exquisitely articulates the experience of marginalisation and loneliness.

Women in Prison's Policy and Campaigns Manager Claire Cain will be joining us to talk about women's imprisonment, imposed isolation and how poetry is a means to a voice for the women she works with. You can also expect a very special silent performance from a mime artist.

Join us for an evening exploring the depth of what’s being said, when we break the silence.

Poet in the City Producers is a group of talented 16-25 year olds producing live poetry events, discussions and campaigns to ensure young people have a stake in the future of poetry.

Jacob Sam-La Rose’s writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Wasafiri, In Their Own Words (Salt, 2012), Poetry by Heart (Penguin, 2014), and more. Commissions include the National Gallery, the BBC and Nitro (Black Music Theatre Co-Operative). He’s toured with the British Council, featuring at a range of international festivals and venues. An indefatigable facilitator, mentor and supporter of young and emerging poets, he co-founded Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, developed the Roundhouse Poetry programme, established Barbican Young Poets and Burn After Reading. Jacob is also Artistic Director for the Spoken Word Education Programme and Shot from the Lip.

Nick Makoha was Shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection for his debut Kingdom of Gravity. He is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and Complete Works Alumni. He won the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry prize and is the 2016 winner of the Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for his pamphlet Resurrection Man. His poems appeared in The New York Times, Poetry Review, Rialto, Poetry London, Triquarterly Review, Boston Review, Callaloo, and Wasafiri. He is a Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Goldsmiths working to create an in depth online digital archive of the Metic experiences of Black British Writers.

Claire Cain is the Policy and Campaigns Manager at Women in Prison.
Women in Prison is a national charity that provides support to women affected by the criminal justice system and campaigns to prevent the harm caused to women, their families and our communities by imprisonment. Women in Prison runs three women’s centres in Woking, Manchester and Lambeth, London and is leading the 2020 Ambition to reduce the women’s prison population from around 4,000 to 2,020 by 2020. Claire and her team amplify the voices of the women they work with, using poetry, journalism and the wider arts to ensure their stories are heard and their experiences recognised.

This event is presented in partnership with Free Word.

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