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Caleb Femi: Poor

The trials and joys of London's youth are brought to light by the poet in his debut collection, launched here at an event combining poetry, film and photography.

In Poor, Caleb Femi contemplates the ways in which young black boys in 21st-century Peckham are informed by the built environment of concrete walls and gentrifying neighbourhoods that form their stage.

Femi writes a coded, near-mythical history of the personalities and sagas of his south London youth, and pays tribute to the rappers and artists who spoke to their lives.

As Femi writes in one of the final poems of this book: 'I have never loved anything the way I love the endz.'

Poet and director Caleb Femi featured in the Dazed 100 list of the next generation shaping youth culture.

Using film, photography and music, Femi pushes the boundaries of poetry both on the page, in performance and on digital mediums.

He has written and directed short films commissioned by the BBC and Channel 4 and poems by Tate Modern, The Royal Society for Literature, St Paul's Cathedral, the BBC, The Guardian and many more.

Between 2016 and 2018, Femi was the Young People’s Laureate for London, working with young people on a city, national and global level.

Dates & times

31 Jul 2020
Approximate run time: 105 mins
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    • Fri 31 July 2020
      • 7:45 pm

where

Purcell Room

Pricing

£10
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£10

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Age recommendation
For ages 16+

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