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Walthamstow Garden Party 2017

Another year, another Walthamstow Garden Party. It’s always a delight to be able to perform here as we are usually very lucky with the weather.

I was performing alongside a long list of amazing poets, starting with the latest crop of Barbican Junior Poets. The work these young people do is a credit to themselves and to those who work with them – they really blew us all away!

I went on representing the Barbican Young Poets, joined by friends and peers from Octavia and Poets’ Platform.

This performance saw me trying something a little bit different. I went down into the audience and sat among them, picking one person to perform each poem to, to help bring poetry away from a stage and less about being observed in a particular format.

The evening was rounded off by an incredible set from Kayo Chingonyi, who was one of my first poetry mentors, and Clean Shirt.

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Walthamstow Garden Party – Recap

So I’m really glad that I got the chance to be super silly with some of the most amazing people that I know. It’s always such a privilege to share a stage with any of them and the Walthamstow Garden Party was no exception.

The Barbican Young Poets has been such an important part of my life for the last two years and to see the project expand to include incredibly talented poets aged just 11-14 is remarkable.

The bravery that these young poets showed, covering topics including depression, self-harm, genocide and even one girl whose poem was a glorious coming out makes me very optimistic for the future. I would love to have had a thimbleful of their confidence at that age.

Exciting stuff in the week ahead, including a performance at the Tate Modern on Saturday and having a recording done for the Wellcome Trust played at Southbank Centre on Sunday.

A big, big thank you especially to Shruti Iyer and Sunayana Bharghava for working with me on a group piece – was great to start a show with the pair of you and I look forward to doing it again sometime.

It was such a surreal place to perform, having people coming up to me afterwards and congratulate me and even one woman who stopped me in the street as I walked back to the tube station. The feeling of being recognised was an unusual one though admittedly I had worn a bright yellow t-shirt for the express purpose of being memorable…Smiles at the Walthamstow Garden Party

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Walthamstow Garden Party – July 19th

So tomorrow is quite an exciting and terrifying day. I’ll be performing at Walthamstow Garden Party at various point throughout the day, both on my own and with others.

From 12:20-2:30 you can check me and the fantastic Barbican Junior Poets out in the Earthly Paradise Tent, along with Toni Stuart, Malika Booker and a selection of other Barbican Young Poets. This one is going to be really special.

Then, at 3pm, I will have a 15 minute slot in Artillery Island.

Would be great to see some people down there – it’s a free event!

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Walthamstow Garden Party

So, it looks like summer is shaping up to be a good ‘un.

Just received confirmation that I’ll be performing at Walthamstow Garden Party this July!

I shall be performing a group piece with some of the other Barbican Young Poets and sharing the stage with the new Barbican Junior Poets. Exciting thing to be a part of so if you’re in the area then please do come and check us out!