Spoken Word Hour

Barber Lecture Theatre - Barber Institute - University of Birmingham
Lectures Talks and Workshops
Saturday 20th October 2018 (15:00-16:00)
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An afternoon of sensational spoken word from the best of Birmingham’s poets, including Nyanda Foday, the 11th Young Poet Laureate and acclaimed author Luke Kennard.

Luke Kennard is a poet and novelist who lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. His poetry collections include Cain (Penned in the Margins, 2016), shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and The Harbour Beyond the Movie (Salt, 2007), shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection.


Nyanda Foday

Nyanda Foday has always been fascinated by words, and uses them to explore the world around her through her poetry. 

Nyanda became Young Poet Laureate in October 2016, and is inspired by the impact that words can have to create, unite, explain and enjoy. She strives to connect with others where she can by sharing and listening to others’ work.

Nellie Cole was born in 1996 in the Black Country. She began writing poetry while studying English with Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. Since then her work has appeared in anthologies such as This is Not Your Final Form (The Emma Press, 2017), and The Poetry of the Black Country (Offa’s Press, 2017). Her debut pamphlet Bella (Offa’s Press, 2018), has been described as having ‘a mature and compassionate sensibility and an enviable gift for language’.

Isabel Galleymore's first collection of poems, Significant Other, is forthcoming from Carcanet in 2019. Her work has featured in magazines such as Poetry, Poetry London and the London Review of Books. In 2017, Isabel received an Eric Gregory Award. She lectures at the University of Birmingham.

Robert Harper is the editor of Bare Fiction Magazine. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Birmingham in space & parenthesis in the poetry of the Objectivists, for which he is working on a long sequence poem. Robert’s poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Interpreter’s House, Acumen, Lonely Crowd, Ink Sweat and Tears, And Other Poems, Marble Poetry, and New Welsh Review . In 2014 Robert was Highly Commended in the Poetry Book Society Student Poetry Competition.