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Peepal Tree authors at Words in the City

Dead and Wake: Khadijah Ibrahiim plus guest musicians

Experience a Jamaican ‘Nine Night’ with poet and live artist Khadijah Ibrahiim. Interactive candlelit performance exploring Carribean rituals around death through poetry, music, ghost stories and song.

Features specially created poems and traditional Nine Night songs.

A WITC micro-commission.

Date: Thursday 10th May
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Hope House Gallery
Price: FREE

Poetry Writing Workshop with Nick Makoha

In these times of endless travel, where is home? And where do people feel they belong – to the land of their birth or the place they live?

Join writer-in-exile Nick Makoha for a special workshop to explore these questions through poetry. Please bring a manuscript or selection of poems you are working on, a notebook and a photo of yourself.

Suitable for adults of all levels of experience.

Date: Saturday 12th May
Time: 11:00 am
Venue: The Leeds Library
Price: £15.00/£10.00 concessions
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Ishaq Imruh Bakari

The Leeds launch of internationally renowned writer & film-maker Ishaq Imruh Bakari‘s latest poetry collection, Without Passport or Apology.

The event includes a discussion with Sai Murray about Bakari’s poetry and his involvement with social justice campaigns in Leeds, including the early movement to remember David Oluwale and the community action that resulted in the Cowper Street School strike in 1973.

In partnership with Remember Oluwale, Leeds Dynamix, the Racial Justice Network and Chapeltown Arts.

A WITC micro-commission.

Date: Saturday 12th May
Time: 1:00 pm
Venue: Chapeltown Library
Price: FREE

Mix Tape: Nick Makoha & Roger Robinson

LAST FEW TICKETS

A brand new show splicing song, spoken word, music and poetry, with enduring friendship at its heart. Compiling the definitive tracklist, Trinidadian Roger Robinson and Ugandan Nick Makoha speak about their personal experiences and observations all tied together with an unforgettable soundtrack of songs, from Afrobeats to hip-hop, from reggae to soul.

Date: Saturday 12th May
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: Carriageworks Theatre - The Studio
Price: £7.00/£5.00 concessions
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Linton Kwesi Johnson

“Writing was a political act and poetry was a cultural weapon.” Join us for an electric performance by legendary reggae poet and social activist Linton Kwesi Johnson.

Johnson’s work is political and necessary, drawing attention to the lived Black British experience, and calling out systemic racism, police brutality and abuse of power.

“the first crossover voice, who made it possible for a generation to think of themsleves as black and creative in literature, music, the media” – Caryl Philips

In 2002 Jamaican-born Johnson became the second living poet and the only black poet published in the Penguin Modern Classics series.

As well as several commercially successful and classic albums as a reggae artist, Johnson’s volumes of poetry include Dread beat and Blood (1975), Inglan is a Bitch (1980) and Tings an Times (1991).

Hosted by Khadijah Ibrahiim with supporting poets. Join us after the show for a set in the bar by reggae dj Fluid.

Date: Saturday 12th May
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Carriageworks Theatre - Main Auditorium
Price: £15.00/£13.00 concessions
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Poets in the Bar

Lively performances from some of the region’s most exciting poets and spoken word performers. Hosted by Sai Murray.

2pm Joe Williams

2.15 pm Jimmy Andrex

2.30pm Cherie Taylor

2.45pm Marina Poppa

3.05pm John Hepworth

3.15pm Student open mic

3.30-4pm Bassment Poets (Michelle Scally Clarke plus bass and beatboxer)

Date: Sunday 13th May
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue: Carriageworks Theatre - Bar
Price: FREE

Know Your Place: Kate Fox, Jackie Hagan, Kirsty Taylor, Khadijah Ibrahiim

LAST FEW TICKETS

Hosted by poet, comedian and BBC Radio 4 regular Kate Fox, some of the finest Northern performers celebrate working class voices in poetry and spoken word, inspired by Dead Ink’s recent publication, Essays on the Working Class.

The show will be followed at 5.30pm in the bar by a free discussion event with the artists, exploring the themes of Know Your Place.

Date: Sunday 13th May
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: Carriageworks Theatre - The Studio
Price: £7.00/£5.00 concessions
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The Sunday Practise

Featuring Roger Robinson

A festival edition of the monthly poetry and music club night at Sela Bar, featuring artists from across the Words in the City weekend including Roger Robinson.

Date: Sunday 13th May
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Sela Bar
Price: FREE

For more events, visit the Words in the City section of the Ilkley Literature Festival website.

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