On the Mic – a Platforma 6 collaboration
Left Bank Cardigan Rd, Burley, Leeds LS6 1LJ
Counterpoints Arts and Leeds Poetry Festival are teaming up to present a special evening of poetry and spoken word at Left Bank in Leeds.
Abdullah Adekola (he/him) is a Black-British working-class writer and performer. He is interested in decolonisation, alternative and healthy approaches to masculinity, and mental health recovery. He works for a mental health charity and is a board member of the David Oluwale Memorial Association. His breakthrough collection of poetry Nigrescence is out now on adekola.bigcartel.com.
Kayo Chingonyi was born in Zambia in 1987, and moved to the UK at the age of six. He is the author of two pamphlets, and a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry. Kayo’s first collection Kumukanda won the Costa Prize. His new collection, A Blood Condition, is shortlisted for the Forward Prize. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of English Studies at Durham University.
Khadijah Ibrahiim was born in Leeds of Jamaican parentage. Hailed as one of Yorkshire’s most prolific poets by the BBC, her work appears in university journals and poetry anthologies. Her collection Another Crossing was published by Peepal Tree Press 2014. In 2017 and 2019 she was shortlisted for the Jerwood Compton poetry Fellowship. In 2018 she was shortlisted for the Sue Rider Yorkshire Woman of the Year for her contribution to the arts.
Vic Leeson is a poet, psychotherapist and activist from Rotherham, South Yorkshire who supports various communities in Leeds to explore and find their truths. Vic is a member of acclaimed writers collective, Scribblers Union, nurtured by Glaswegian poet, Kevin P Gilday and Poet-in-Residence for Counsellors Together UK, a campaign group tackling the prevalence of unpaid work within mental health professions.
Plus Open Mic spots.