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24-26 High Street, B4 7SL Birmingham, United Kingdom
Every month, Hit the Ode brings the most exciting poets from the region, the country and the world to the heart of Birmingham. Join us! We have poems. Poems that will march all the way to the Libyan embassy. Poems that will challenge your nan to a hip-hop cypher. Poems that feel like Christmas didn't bring you severe bankruptcy. Good poems. Great Poems. Come and get them.
This month we're at Waterstones Birmingham for a new year, new season of Hit the Ode (Which will take place on a Friday, bar February's VERVE special).
From Nottingham, Georgina Wilding
Georgina Wilding is Nottingham’s first ever Young Poet Laureate, having been performing and writing poetry for over 6 years. She is also the founding editor of Mud Press, independent poetry publishing house, where she pushes to showcase poetic talents of all backgrounds.
From Peterborough, Mark Grist
Mark Grist is an artist and educator based in Peterborough who rose to prominence when his Don't Flop rap battle against Mancunian MC Blizzard became an internet sensation. He writes poems and live shows that tour all around the world. Recent commissions have included work for The Royal Institute, BBC Radio 1, Radio 1 Xtra, Channel 4, Film 4, Red Bull, The National Maritime Museum and Google.
From Jakarta (via London), Khairani Barokka
Khairani Barokka is a writer, poet and artist in London. Among her honours, she was an NYU Tisch Departmental Fellow and Vermont Studio Center’s first Indonesian writer-in-residence, and is a UNFPA Indonesian Young Leader Driving Social Change for arts practice and research. She has presented work extensively in ten countries, and is the recipient of six residencies and multiple grants. Okka is creator of works for the stage such as Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee, co-editor of HEAT: A Southeast Asian Urban Anthology (Fixi 2016) and Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches 2017), author-illustrator of Indigenous Species (Tilted Axis 2016), and author of debut poetry collection Rope (Nine Arches 2017). Work is published in Poetry Review, The Rialto, The New Inquiry, Asymptote, and other journals, anthologies and art books. She is a member of the collective Malika's Poetry Kitchen and a PhD by practice researcher in Goldsmiths’ Visual Cultures Department. khairanibarokka.com/
If you would like five minutes to share your own work on stage, open mic slots are available by emailing [email protected]
2 slots will also be available on the door on a first come, first served basis.
Tickets £5, available on the door. Hosted by Bohdan Piasecki