Open Mic Event
Contact: Leah, 0783 431 6040 or www.petersfieldwriteangle.co.uk
Write Angle Open mic PLUS Guest Performers Poetry & Music, the third Tuesday of every month.
Guests include John Hegley, Attila the Stockbroker, Richard Digance, Rachel Pantechnicon, Speech Painter, Sara Hirsch, Patience Agbabi, Susan Richardson, Mab Jones, Audi Maserati, AF Harrold, Pete the Temp, Hannah Tristram, Brendan Cleary, Jonny Fluffypunk, Jude Simpson, Paul Lyalls, Johnny Jet, Project Adorno...and more
PLUS OPEN MIC Every Month
17th May 2016 19:30
LAWYER TAKES 'LONDON SPOKEN WORD SCENE' BY STORM
Write Angle's May Guest, Nigerian born, London based Poet, Tolu Agbelusi is also a Writer and Facilitator with strong story-telling skills, She addresses difficult themes with a subtle empathy that makes audiences identify with the characters in her poems. - a poet known for simplicity and incredible depth.
A lawyer by profession, she's taken the spoken word scene by storm, with her accessible metaphor and depth of emotion. 'Her passionate performance and the beautiful Nigerian lilt to her voice give both urgency and a striking aesthetic quality to her poems. The candour of her positive message sets her apart, and currently has her making waves, on the London performance scene'. (Poetry Served)
Through the literary icon, Maya Angelou, Tolu found the release of engaging with the heart and soul of words, 'quite a contrast to many of the academic works she was exposed to at school', and having been touched by the human, vulnerable face of poetry, Tolu gradually began to write her own verses, which have now evolved into masterpieces.
Collaborating with visual artists, she's developed a stunning poetry show about the way we perceive the notion of home, called 'Home Is'. She’s especially interested in how displacement affects this concept, and how the idea of home intertwines with our journeys.
Tolu has featured on many stages in the UK including a one woman play entitled, 'Cherry Tree House, which she wrote and performed as part of Theatre Royal, Stratford’s Home Theatre UK season
She was then commissioned by the Imperial War Museum to write and perform poetry inspired by their Peter Kennard exhibition; as well as 'Pathways', in which she collaborated with Frontera to write a poem inspired by the life of one of the homeless participants on the ‘Stories of Rebirth’ project. This was curated at the Geffrye Museum of 'Home' where the poem was exhibited.
Tolu also performed as one of 10 migrant and refugee poets under the banner ‘Bards without Borders’, already having started it tour throughout the UK this year. Then, after her first performance on the Carpe Diem Events stage, having been winner of the first ever Carpe Diem Events Slam – Ingeta!, she was honoured to be invited back a second time.
Her poem ‘Seeking Sense’ written as part of her latest collaborative project ‘Home Is’, was published in the American anthology 'After Ferguson, In Solidarit'. 'Rose that Grew from Concrete' is from the '2012ManorlogzTV series' on SKY. 'Poetic Echos' has also been published in the anthology “Between Summer Lines 2012” and is in the UK Poetry Collective “Malika’s Poetry Kitchen”.
As poetry has provided her with a catharsis, Tolu is determined to introduce it to others and will be delivering workshops and shows in homes, schools and venues, hoping to open up the space for women to share ‘experiences that often stay locked up’. This project, called 'Conversations With My Sisters', will be previewing in an event supported by Apples and Snakes at the Freeword Centre on 29 June 2016, and has just been awarded Arts Council funding.
This will be a highly stimulating and exciting evening leaving you with much to think about and we hope you'll join us, including appearing at our Open Mic with your own poetry and music. Do put 17th May in your diary, starting 7.15 for 7.30, at Townhouse in Petersfield and we look forward to seeing you.
We'll have our raffle as usual – this time for Nagshead, a popular and excellent restaurant in Chichester and don't forget! Townhouse is a super Pub/Bistro where you can have a meal before you come upstairs – all food homemade including salt beef – home salted and dried!
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