Spoken Word Night. 8-9.45pm

Sunday, 8 – 9.45pm

Curated by Rachel Long, our closing event features compere Belinda Zhawi and award-winning writers from The Burn After Reading poetry collective and elsewhere, who will perform poetry and prose to address the topic of sexual assault and abuse, seeking clarity and connection. Followed by Q & A.


Belinda Zhawi - photo credit Amaal Said

Belinda Zhawi

Belinda Zhawi is a 24 year old writer and educator born in Zimbabwe; a decade long resident of London. Most of her work focuses on her memories of living in rural and urban Zimbabwe whilst exploring the role this has played in shaping the narrative of her life thus far. She’s also interested in exploring how art and education can be used as intersectional tools. Belinda has performed across the UK in numerous venues, festivals and events including Africa Writes, TATE Britain, Bestival, Big Chill, Soho Theatre, Barbican, Book Slam and Poejazzi. Belinda is an active member of two writing communities: Burn After Reading and New Funk Poets.

Joining her is former member of The Barbican Young Poets, Emily Harrison who performs regularly in London and across the UK both as a member of Burn After Reading and as a solo performer.

Amaal Said

Amaal Said

Amaal Said is a 19 year-old Danish-born Somali who currently resides in London, UK. She is a poet, photographer and a politics student at SOAS. She is a member of the Barbican Young Poets and Burn After Reading collectives. Her work explores the idea of home, identity and what war has meant for her family.

Victoria-Anne Bulley is a writer, poet and MA student based in London. She is a member of Burn After Reading collective and Barbican Young Poets collectives, and has been commissioned to write and perform at a range of London locations including the Southbank Centre and the Royal Academy of Arts. Her work is an exploration of cultural origins, the limitations of knowledge and the body, and a continual search for wholeness.

Kayo Chingonyi

Kayo Chingonyi

Kayo Chingonyi was born in Zambia in 1987, moving to the UK in 1993. He holds a BA in English Literature from The University of Sheffield and an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London and works as a writer, events producer, and creative writing tutor. He teaches in the Writing School at Kingston University and in the Drama, Dance, and Speech Department at City Lit.

Kayo has been invited to read from his work at venues and events across the UK and internationally. In 2012 he represented Zambia at Poetry Parnassus, a festival of world poets staged by The Southbank Centre as part of the London 2012 Festival. He was recently awarded the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and shortlisted for the inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize.

Co-founder of Clear Lines, Winnie M. Li will be reading the opening of her upcoming novel, Dark Chapter, which was Highly Commended by the Crime Writers’ Association for their Debut Dagger Award.

Rachel Long National Poetry Day Live Pic

Rachel Long

Rachel Long, poet, literary events curator, and facilitator is curating the night on Sunday 2nd of August.  Rachel was shortlisted for Young Poet Laureate for London 2014. She is a current poetry awardee on the prestigious Jerwood/Arvon Mentorship Scheme (2015-16). Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, including Magma and The Emma Press. She has facilitated writing workshops for Apples & Snakes, Crisis at Christmas, and The Red Cross. Rachel has helped realise events such as National Poetry Day Live at The Southbank Centre (2014) and Renaissance One’s, London is The Place For Me Festival – celebrating Caribbean literature. Earlier this year, she curated ‘Seven Songs for Malcolm X’, a film and poetry event at Deptford Cinema, and the UNHEARD Festival spoken word/poetry night, raising awareness about sexual abuse and violence.

The event takes place on Sunday 2nd of August from 8 – 9:30pm.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite – book early to avoid disappointment as space at the venue is very limited.