Upcoming Events: December 2016

Upcoming Events for December 2016 (this page was updated 13/12/2016)

Thursday 1st – Saturday 3rd December – Putting Words in Your Mouth:

3 days left of award-winning artist Scottee’s bold new production, Putting Words In Your Mouth. Challenging what it means to be British and queer in 2016, Scottee shines a light on a divided society, where those we think we identify with can shock and surprise us.


Friday 2nd December – Jazz Verse Jukebox: EXTRA TICKETS RELEASED

The eclectic JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX returns to Hoxton Hall for its final show of 2016. Described as “the perfect jazz poetry party” (Michael Horovitz), the JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX continues the age-old tradition of intertwining jazz improvisation and spoken word. Join us for what promises to be a thrilling night of diverse spoken word & jazz from some of the freshest exponents on the scene.


Friday 2nd December – Late at the Tate Britain:

A free evening of music, photography, discussion and performance exploring themes of family and belonging in response to the 17th century painting The Cholmondeley Ladies.


Saturday 3rd December – A Meeting of the Continents: International Poetry Night

For one night only, come and hear ten of the most diverse poets from the UK, Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Africa read work which ranges from the humorous to the darkly gothic … and everything in-between. They include Imtiaz Dharker, Lorna Goodison, John Hegley, Rafeef Ziadah and the George Padmore Institute Poet-in-Residence Jay Bernard among others.


Saturday 3rd December –  Four London Poets:

Come and hear one of London’s most accomplished poets, Jacob Sam-La Rose, perform alongside others at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green.


Monday 5th December – Re:Adapt:

Re:Write and Theatre503 present Re:Adapt, a showcase of new writing featuring Takeaway by Nathan Powell.

Set in a Caribbean takeaway shop in Brixton in the midst of anti-gentrification riots, Takeaway by Nathan Powell explores complicated familial relationships and the different between how two generations engage with both their identity and community.


Wednesday 7th December – The Poets Corner:

The Poets Corner returns to the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton for its weekly spot of creative word play. Poetic Unity brings together some of the UK’s best up and coming poets and spoken word artists.


Wednesday 7th December – Salena Godden #LIVEwire Album Launch:

Salena Godden launches her hotly anticipated spoken word album #LIVEwire with an an electric night of celebration, poetry and music. Several special guests will be performing on the night, as well as live music and DJ sets.


Thursday 8th December – 50 Year Anniversary of New Beacon Books – Print Activism in 21st Century Africa: Wasafiri Special Issue Launchgpi_50_wasafiri_3_sm-3

In the last of a series of events celebrating 50 years of New beacon Books on Thursday 8th December, the GPI and NBB present: Print Activism in 21st Century Africa: Wasafiri Special Launch Issue. This year’s 50th anniversary of New beacon Books has been the inspiration for the latest Special Issue of Wasafiri, the magazine of international writing which seeks to explore continuities and discontinuities in activist print cultures in Africa and the African diaspora. Nick Makoha will be reading from his collection of poetry.


Thursday 8th December – The Black British Supplementary School:

Emma Harrison, the Assistant Archivist at Black Cultural Archives, will dive into the BCA’s extensive ephemera collection to unearth material which helps to tell the story of the history of Black British education and the Saturday and supplementary school movements.


Thursday 8th December – Tongue Fu:

Tongue Fu finishes the year with a bang as a top team of incredible poets perform with genre-bending improvised music from the Tongue Fu Band and animations-on-the-fly from CR&D. Guest spot from Barbican Young Poet, Theresa Lola.


Saturday 10th December – Breathing Out with Numbi & Shake!

Numbi Arts gets together with Shake! to put on an exciting showcase of short plays from emerging writers, actors and directors including resident artists Elmi Ali and Fatuma Khaireh. Plus DJ set from Mogadisco. Afterparty location TBC.


Saturday 10th December – KINK Book Launch & Party:

KINK is the first collaborative project since Curlture was founded in 2014. KINK combines powerful quotes and uplifting poetry with sultry, vulnerable yet striking imagery of black females whom possess skin tones, hair styles, ages and hair textures that rarely shine in the media.


Monday 12th December – Centre for Caribbean & Diaspora Studies Christmas Panel:

Professor Joan Anim-Addo, co-convenor of the Masters in Black British Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, has been awarded the 2016 Callaloo Lifetime Achievement Award for her invaluable contributions to literature and to literary and cultural studies. Prof. Hortense Spillers and visual artist Frank Bowling were also given this award. In order to celebrate this lifetime achievement, the Centre for Caribbean & Diaspora Studies invite you to a special Christmas panel, discussing the works of the three winners. The panel will consist of Prof. Joan Anim-Addo, Dr Natasha Bonnelame (Goldsmiths/National Theatre), and Dr Marl’Ene Edwin (Goldsmiths), and will be followed by a Q&A, and drinks reception.

4-6.30pm Warmington Tower, Goldsmiths,  University of London.

Monday 12th December – The Loop:

RS Haus presents The Loop, an evening featuring some of the UK’s most talented poets and musicians: Caleb Femi, Hibaq Osman, Emmanuel Sugo, Rara, Nia Ekanem, Shade Joseph, Kareem Perkins-Brown, Janel Antoneisha & more.


Tuesday 13th December – Sparrow Calypso Genius, ICA

Panel discussion chaired by Mark Harris, featuring speakers Professor Joan Anim-Addo, Anthony Joseph and Mykael Riley. The panel discuss calypso singer Mighty Sparrow’s achievement as a lyricist and performer in the context of Caribbean political and social histories.


Thursday 15th December – Chill Pill: The Big One

Top poetry collective Chill Pill are putting on a festive showcase, featuring an incredible line up of some of London’s best black and British poets: Caleb Femi (Young Poet Laureate for London), Theresa Lola (Young Barbican Poet), Rachel Long, Belinda Zhawi, and Yomi Sode.


Thursday 15th December – Paul Beatty in conversation with Gary Young:

Paul Beatty, author of The Sellout and winner of the Man Booker Prize 2016, will be in conversation with Gary Young, acclaimed journalist and author of Another Day in the Death of America at Goldsmiths University.


Monday 19th December – The London Moth StorySlam: Risk

An open mic night for storyteller hopefuls to take the stage and their tale to the final. The ten featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each StorySLAM generates a StorySLAM winner. After ten SLAMs, the winners face off in our GrandSLAM Championship.



If you know of, or have any, literary events coming up this month, email the MA in Black British Writing blog at hmark002@gold.ac.uk and we can update this page to include your event.