May Ayim: Borderless & Brazen

07th June 2019 18:00
St Pancras Room, Kings Place
90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Poet in the City Producers present... May Ayim: Borderless & Brazen

Join us to celebrate the joys of the in-between through the poetry of May Ayim.

A pioneer of the Afro-German movement, Ayim’s work is rooted in community. She examines finally finding a deep sense of belonging in Germany’s African diaspora and a connection to the global diaspora via the musical tradition of blues.

With poetry and blues music at the heart of Borderless & Brazen, we will explore the lives and lyrics that exist beyond society’s perceived boundaries of identity, heritage and genre in an evening hosted by writer Olumide Popoola.

London-based Olumide Popoola is a Nigerian-German writer. Her publications include essays, poetry, the novella this is not about sadness (Unrast, 2010), the play text Also by Mail (edition assemblage, 2013), the short story collection breach, which she co-authored with Annie Holmes (Peirene Press, 2016), as well as recordings in collaboration with musicians. In 2004 she won the May Ayim Award in the category Poetry, the first Black German Literary Award. Olumide has a PhD in Creative Writing and has lectured in creative writing at various universities. She curated Berlin’s (Germany) inaugural international African Bookfest (2018), Writing in Migration. Her critically acclaimed novel When We Speak of Nothing was published by Cassava Republic Press in 2017 in the UK and Nigeria, and in April 2018 in the US.

This event is part of Poetry & Lyrics Festival 2019.

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