literature & poetry

Mother Tongues

Part of WOW – Women of the World

Watch films where poetry is translated between mother and daughter in Mother Tongues, an innovative poetry, translation and film project that captures acclaimed poets alongside the women and languages that have nurtured them most.

After asking their mothers to translate their work into their mother's first language, mothers and daughters are filmed in conversation before each reciting a version of the poem. Join two of the poets and their mothers for screening of the films and an intimate discussion about womanhood, heritage, and culture.

Victoria Adukwei Bulley whose work has been shortlisted for the Brunel University International African Poetry Prize, featured on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and in The Poetry Review. She is a Complete Works fellow and is the creative director of Mother Tongues.

Theresa Lola, a British Nigerian poet who was shortlisted for the 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize and 2016 London Magazine Poetry Prize. She is the 2017 Hammer and Tongue National Slam Champion and a member of Octavia Women of Colour collective led by Rachel Long. Clare Awonuga, Theresa's mother, will join the panel.

Tania Nwachukwu, a British born Nigerian poet and artist, and co-founder of Black in the Day, an organisation that aims to re-claim the lives and experiences of Black people in the UK through crowd-sourcing images from family archives.

The event is chaired by Irenosen Okojie, a Nigerian British writer whose debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for an Edinburgh International First Book Award. Her short story collection Speak Gigantular, published by Jacaranda Books was shortlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award.

Mother Tongues was created and directed by Victoria Adukwei Bulley in partnership with Autograph ABP, and supported generously by Arts Council England.

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Royal Festival Hall
Blue Bar, Level 4


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This event is included in the Saturday WOW Pass, the WOW Two Day Pass and the WOW Three Day Pass.