You Don't Own Me

06th September 2018 18:00
Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
Museums are full of strange and wonderful objects, but who (if anyone) truly owns them? And how do we as visitors take ownership of the spaces in which they are displayed?

Join us for an evening of live poetry hosted by poet Madi Maxwell-Libby, featuring poetry from Rachel Long and Dean Atta, a special performance from Pecs Collective, gallery tours and more – giving voice to the little-heard histories from museum collections.

Poet in the City Producers have collaborated with RawMinds Ambassadors to create a playfully disruptive event at the heart of Wellcome Collection – inviting you to question what museums are and to reimagine what they might be.

Free, booking essential.

Madi Maxwell-Libby is a comedy writer-performer, spoken word artist and facilitator. Writing commissions include poetry pieces for the London Underground, BBC One, Huffington Post, Nationwide, KFC and the Natural History Museum. Her solo show, MASSIVE SENSE OF URGENCY, about an office temp who tries to understand capitalism using power-tools and mime, previewed at the Roundhouse in June 2017 after development support from Battersea Arts Centre and Camden People's Theatre. Madi won the Roundhouse Poetry Slam in 2016 and was a finalist in Hammer & Tongue's UK National Final Slam at the Royal Albert Hall 2017.

Rachel Long is a poet and the founder of Octavia – Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour, which is housed at Southbank Centre, London. She was shortlisted for Young Poet for Laureate for London in 2014 and awarded a Jerwood/Arvon Foundation mentorship in 2015. Rachel has run poetry workshops for The Poetry School, The Serpentine Galleries and at University of Oxford. She is Assistant Tutor to Jacob Sam La-Rose on the Barbican Young Poets programme 2015-present.

Dean Atta's debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. His poems deal with themes of race, gender, identity and growing up, and have appeared on BBC One’s The One Show and several times on BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Channel 4. Dean was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. He regularly performs across the UK and internationally and is currently a judge of the 2018 BBC Young Writers’ Award. His debut novel, The Black Flamingo, will be published in August 2019 by Hodder Children's Books.

Pecs is an all-singing & all-dancing drag king collective. An ever-growing collective of actors, comedians, singers and dancers, who love nothing more than to put on handsome drag shows for the queer and curious of London Town.

RawMinds Ambassadors are a group of 14- to 19-year-olds who meet regularly to help shape Wellcome Collection's youth activities in collaboration.

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