Event: Panel Discussion 21st July – FREE TICKET LINK BELOW

This Friday, I’ll be taking part in a panel discussion to mark the start of the Summer 2017 Takeover Fest at Rich Mix




#ShahlaaDiscovers presents the TAKEOVER Launch, bringing urban music with a message to East London.


TAKEOVER Launch will use art to provoke, critique and question all of the current issues in our society. These are indeed interesting times, and after the recent events, young people are now actively being more engaged with the ideas that affect the world around them.

What does it mean to be a young woman in 2017?
Can anybody call England “Home?”
Is London bad for our health?
Are young people scared of a Revolution?

These are some of the questions that we’ll be looking at & discussing with a panel of young artists, musicians, theatre directors and spoken word artists, hosted by Mr Gee. By exploring our problems we seek to give voice to our solutions.

We will celebrate the beginning of TAKEOVER festival with live music set curated by #ShahlaaDiscovers featuring the freshest unsigned talent out there. Artists on the night will use music to express their concerns on revolution, home, identity, health and wellbeing. This is your chance to hear some soulful, futuristic RNB and Hip Hop from local urban artists who are destined for greatness.


Panel discussion & artistic provocations in response to the TAKEOVER themes featuring some of the TAKEOVER artists. Short debate with the audience members hosted by Mr Gee (poet laureate, co-founder of Chill Pill) and Rachel Long (poet, founder of Octavia).

Live music performance featuring 4 acts back to back, supported by a DJ. All of the artists are diverse, ranging from acoustic, to a group of 4, or a one-woman band. These artists style vary but they have been selected because they compliment each other’s sound and all have a strong message to share.

  • From the Rich Mix event page

If you’re interested in seeing me talk about my art, my new position and how I see my work incorporating the themes of mental health, then book your ticket NOW!

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance


By Cameron Holleran - Poet, Facilitator and Performer

I only started to get into poetry in Sixth Form where I had some wonderful teachers who put me onto Tony Harrison and John Agard – they were two poets that just stuck in my head as people using the language that they spoke to create poetry. With Harrison, we'd looked at V and it wasn't the swearing that resonated with me, it was the fact he'd used the word 'mam'.

Between that a lifelong love of music, I just really loved using words in different ways and having fun with language. I felt brave enough after a few months of writing to try giving performing ago, so started doing open mics around Manchester (I'm from Salford) in 2009 and won some local slams.

When I moved to London in 2011, my mental health took a bit of a dive and I couldn't deal with performing again. In 2014, I'd got talking to a friend on my degree course (who was and remains an amazing and accomplished poet) and showed her some of my writing – she encouraged me to apply for the Barbican Young Poets and I got on and was part of the programme from 2014 to 2016. BYP was an incredible experience and remains one of the happiest periods of my life and I made lots of new friends and came on a lot as a poet, thanks to the support and mentoring of Jacob Sam-La Rose, Kayo Chinonyi, Jasmine Cooray, and Rachel Long

In that time, I performed at a lot of venues in addition to the Barbican Centre, including the Southbank Centre, People's Palace, Rich Mix and Tate Modern, as well as a number of festivals such as Curious Festival (where I wrote a poem in Anglo-Saxon which was backed by a jazz quartet), the Barbican Weekender, Walthamstow Garden Party. I was part of the team responsible for curating National Poetry Day 2014 at the Southbank Centre, performed at Inua Ellams RAP Party, and worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on a commission which formed part of the the BBC's Centenary commemorations.

I've been published in a few places such as the Barbican anthologies, Watermarks anthology and Marble Poetry, longlisted for the erbacce prize, and nominated for the first Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship.

I am the current poet-in-residence for the Institute for Global Prosperity at UCL. My work here is used to highlight and complement the research that is being done by the institute, providing a different way for people to interact with their work.

Other things that are important to know about me are that I'm non-binary (they/them/their pronouns), I love cats and Pepsi, and I like to box.

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