• Poetry With A Punch with George The Poet, Lowkey and more

  • Thu, 04-07-2019 at 19:30
  • Bradford Literature Festival
    University of Bradford
    BD7 1DP City of Bradford
Poetry With A Punch with George The Poet, Lowkey and more - Bradford Literature Festival - Bradford

Thursday 4th July | 19:30pmSt George's Hall£15 - Concessions also available (see below)Our annual explosion of political poetry and unflinching wordplay is back, exploring social issues through high-octane performances from some of the greatest wordsmiths of our time. Opening their souls to us this year are multifaceted spoken word artist George The Poet, award-winning poet Anthony Anaxagorou and performer, Farah Chamma. The evening will culminate in a spectacular musical performance from rapper Lowkey.This year’s Poetry with a Punch will take place in the incredible St George’s Hall, a venue famed for hosting radical social activists through time, from the suffragettes to the abolitionists, and the perfect setting for an evening of passionate poetry.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.***George The PoetGeorge The Poet’s mesmerising and unforgettable live performances have earned him critical acclaim. From sell-out headline gigs and YouTube hits, to recording his own music, and his innovative brand of musical poetry, George uses his work to speak truth to power and challenge our preconceived ideas about the society we’re living in.A young black poet blending spoken word and rap; an inner city upbringing with a Cambridge education; a social consciousness with a satirical wit and infectious rhythm – George The Poet is the voice of a new generation.https://twitter.com/georgethepoethttps://www.youtube.com/user/GeorgeThePoetAnthony AnaxagorouAnthony Anaxagorou is the poet, publisher and educator extraordinaire you might not have met yet. He is also the founder of Out-Spoken, the poetry press that is battering down the doors of the establishment. From supporting UK hip hop star Akala on tour, to writing “If I Told You” which got four million views on Facebook in a week in 2012.Out-Spoken by name, Outspoken by nature: Anaxagorou, winner of the 2015 Groucho Award, vociferously champions oppressed peoples, at home and abroad in his poetry which encompasses politics, society, race, ethnicity, gender and class. https://twitter.com/Anthony1983https://www.youtube.com/user/donis1rapFarah Chamma فرح شمّاFarah Chamma is a Palestinian poet who has been performing spoken word poetry since she was a teenager. Most of her works focus on the identity of Palestinian youth in the region.Chamma started writing poetry when she was fourteen as she started growing into her faith. She writes in English, Arabic, and French, a poet that transcends physical boundaries and borders.https://twitter.com/farahchammahttps://www.youtube.com/user/FarahchammaofficialLowkeyFew people from the UK have ever merged political activism with music-making like British-Iraqi rapper Lowkey. He started off in legendary UK hip-hop crew Poisonous Poets in the mid-2000s, garnering a loyal legion of fans through a series of emotionally-charged bodies of work, singles, and performances that doubled as demonstrations against injustice.Since then, he has proven himself time and time again at being able to deliver addictive, angry, yet clearly-articulated protest raps about topics ranging from the loaded use of the word “Terrorist?” to the contradictions of the Obama administration.https://twitter.com/Lowkey0nlinehttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkUMk5PAKx2DHRYzfr8i4AA