Saturday 29th June | 19:30pmThe Studio, Alhambra Theatre£10 - concessions are available (see below)Are you looking to be inspired, entertained, and even enlightened? Then join us for our annual candle-lit celebration of lyrical poetry.We’re joined by Nadine Aisha Jassat, Charly Cox, Sophia Thakur, Sabrina Mahfouz and Juan Felipe Herrera. The evening will conclude with a performance by award-winning poet Imtiaz Dharker.In the homes and palaces of South Asian nobility, mehfils were gatherings where audiences would be treated to intimate evenings of courtly entertainment.Today, our mehfil infuses the traditional event with a diverse set of voices and innovative performances that will stay in your mind long after the night is over.Concession tickets:FREE via the website - Anyone on benefits or living in social housing, refugees, asylum seekers, those living on a state pension.FREE via the box office only - Anyone caring for a disabled audience member (call 01274 238525, 9am-5pm, Mon- Friday)DISCOUNTED via the website - students, senior citizens, the disabled.**Imtiaz Dharker"If there were to be a World Laureate, then for me the role could only be filled by Imtiaz Dharker." - Carol Ann DuffyImtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and documentary film-maker. Awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014, recipient of the Cholmondley Award and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her poems are on the British GCSE and A Level English syllabus, and she reads with other poets at Poetry Live! events all over the country to more than 25,000 students a year. *Juan Felipe HerreraThe son of migrant farm workers, Herrera was educated at UCLA and Stanford University, and he earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In addition to publishing more than a dozen collections of poetry, Herrera has written short stories, young adult novels, and children’s literature.In 2015 he was named U.S. poet laureate.Sabrina Mahfouz Sabrina Mahfouz is a playwright, poet, screenwriter and performer who has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and is the recipient of the 2018 King's Alumni Arts & Culture Award for inspiring change in the industry. She has been shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Award for Performance Poetry and has won a Sky Arts Academy Award for Poetry, a Westminster Prize for New Playwrights and a Fringe First Award.Sophia ThakurWith over 14,000 YouTube subscribers, two TED Talks and a Nike collaboration under her belt, Sophia Thakur is emerging as one of the most exciting and vital young voices in spoken word. A poet, model and motivational speaker, her work resonates with disenfranchised youth, highlighting racial and social injustice.Following her breakout performance at Glastonbury Festival 2017 Sophia recently performed with musicians from London Symphony Orchestra as part of UnFOLD’s collaboration with Jerwood composer+ Jasmin Kent Rodgman at LSO St Lukes. *Charly CoxCharly Cox is a writer, producer and poet. Her writing focuses on destigmatizing mental health and the coming-of-age of a young woman surviving the modern world.In January 2017, she published her first poem on Instagram, showing her internet followers her poetry for the first time; since then she’s been asked to be Virgin Radio’s poet in residence, she’s been published on Refinery29 and been named by ELLE magazine as one of their 20 power players to watch out for.**Nadine Aisha JassatNadine Aisha Jassat (Nadine Aisha) is a writer, creative practitioner and educator in the field of challenging Gender -Based Violence, known for combining the creative arts with social justice.In 2017 she was named as one of '30 Inspiring Women Under 30' by YWCA Scotland, and in 2018 she was awarded a prestigious New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust, and shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Her debut poetry collection 'Let Me Tell You' This was published by 404 Ink in March 2019 to great praise, described as a 'powerful, punchy debut collection' by Makar Jackie Kay.