Platform: Poet & Author, Dean Atta
Friday 27 September, 8pm (Doors 7.30pm). Upstairs at the Sydenham Centre.
Performance, Q&A plus book signing
Where to begin..we are so unbelievably honoured to welcome Dean Atta to Sydenham Arts. Dean was named as one of the most influential LGBTQ+ people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. He regularly performs across the UK and internationally and was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize for his debut poetry collection, I am Nobody’s Nigger. His poems deal with themes of race, gender, identity and growing up and have appeared on BBC One, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Channel 4. Dean is a member of Keats House Poets Forum and Malika’s Poetry Kitchen. He has a Philosophy and English BA from the University of Sussex and a Writer/Teacher MA from Goldsmiths, University of London. His debut novel, The Black Flamingo, will be published in August 2019 by Hodder Children’s Books.
Supported by Jeremiah ‘Sugar’ J Brown
Jeremiah has performed internationally taking his poetry to cities such as New York and Los Angeles. He has performed at numerous venues across the U.K. such as the Barbican, Birmingham NEC and the Southbank Centre. His debut show Likkle Rum with Grandma sold out at the Roundhouse as part of the Last Word festival, and at Bernie Grants Arts Centre as part of SKFEST.
Jeremiah is a Barbican Young Poet alumni and former Roundhouse resident artist. He was one of the faces of Nationwide’s ‘Voices’ ad campaign, and was featured in the Evening Standard for his poem I’m Rooting For Everybody Black. His commissions include St Paul’s Cathedral, Thames Festival Trust, Apples and Snakes and the Barbican. He has sat on numerous panels, featured on a number of podcasts and performed at a variety of festivals.
Photography by Christian Sinibaldi
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