SPIN: Raps, Poems and Stories
Join the word warriors of Apples and Snakes word warriors for a fun-filled day of raps, poems and stories.
This interactive performance for children aged 5+ celebrates the launch of a new poetry anthology for children, edited by Joseph Coelho, the Waterstones Children’s Laureate.
Called SPIN, the anthology features ten diverse poets from across the country. It’s published in March 2024, but you have a chance to buy a copy at this event before it officially hits the shelves.
The event is presented in collaboration with Apples and Snakes and The National Poetry Library and features performances by Kenny Baraka, Jan Blake, Shagufta K Iqbal and Ioney Smallhorne. It is hosted by Zohab Zee Khan.
Kenny Baraka was a formative part of the 1990s Golden Era NYC hip-hop scene and has recorded and toured with the likes of Tribe Called Quest, Supernatural and Omar. In addition to running workshops, projects and master classes across the UK and Europe, Kenny is currently touring the country with his second one-man show, Plot 17. He also sits on the World Book Day Strategic Advisory Group, as well as hosting their monthly online book club.
Jan Blake is a storyteller, consultant, mentor and plenary speaker who has been
performing world-wide since 1986. Born in Manchester, UK to Jamaican parents, Blake specialises in folktales and myths from the Caribbean, West Africa, North Africa, and the Arab regions. In 2021 she launched her own online storytelling school, the Akua Storytelling Project, devoted to developing a new generation of international storytellers.
Shagufta K Iqbal is an award-winning writer, workshop facilitator and TedX Speaker. One of Asiana Magazine’s favourite British Asian poets, she has been described by gal-dem as a poet whose work ‘leaves you validated but aching’. Her poetry film Borders has been screened across international film festivals, including London Short Film Festival, and she is currently writing her second poetry collection and debut novel.
Zohab Zee Khan is a Performance Poet and Executive Coach. His work seamlessly integrates Urdu and Punjabi as he paints poetic pictures of family, heritage, and a better world. As a fourth generation Australian of Pakistani heritage, Khan channels his distinct life experiences into stories with the intent to educate.
Ioney Smallhorne is a writer, poet and educator from Nottingham of Jamaican heritage, and an alumni of Goldsmith College’s MA in Creative Writing and Education. Smallhorne is currently working on her short story collection and is a part time English teacher in FE, and co-lead facilitator for GOBS Poetry Collective, Nottingham.
Need to know
For ages 5+
The session at 1.30pm is British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted.
Imagine Children’s Festival is a relaxed festival and this event is a Relaxed Performance (RP).
Relaxed Performances have a relaxed approach to noise and movement in the space, and you are free to enter and exit during the performances. A chill-out space and noise-cancelling headphones are available for both adults and children. There are no adjustments to sound and lighting for these performances, and this event includes amplified music and flashing (not strobe) lighting.
Smoke and haze may be used during this performance.
Dates & times
Thu 15 Feb 2024, 10.30am & 1.30pm
- Standard entryFree
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Royal Festival Hall
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Entering the hall
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