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UK Book Launch of ‘Irki’: National Poetry Day celebration with Kadija Sesay and Friends

Very honoured to be included as one of poet, literary activist and all-round supa-woman of action Kadija Sesay’s “& Friends” at this event today. Celebrating National Poetry Day & also her significant (35?, 40?) earthday.

UK Book Launch of ‘Irki’: Celebrate National Poetry Day with Kadija Sesay and Friends @ The Barbican Library – With Dorothea Smartt, Malika Booker, Patricia Foster & Sai Murray.

Irki launch

NUMBI Ad-liberation book launch

I have a sneak preview launch of my very first, very own, full, complete, published poetry collection tomorrow together with those beautiful folks at Numbi Arts. Booking link here.

Recently published authors from the Numbi family Funmi Adewole (Sea Salt in the City) and Christelle Kedi (Beautifying the Body: In Ancient Africa and Today) will be in attendance reading from their new books together with Numbi poet-in-residence Dorothea Smartt reading from her forthcoming chapbook Reader, I Married Him & Other Queers Goings On.

The latest edition of Scarf magazine will also be unveiled with readings on the night from contributors including Dean Atta and associate editor Elmi Ali.

+ Kadija Sesay (George) will also be stopping by via the Peepal Tree Press/Sable Litmag/Inscribe/Scarf/Numbi family connection to support and read from her new collection Irki.


Numbi: a night of Afropolitan Funk

Next up Numbi Niceness >>>

If you’ve been to some of our events you’ll have noticed that we do have a tendency to throw in a bit of African music at the most unexpected of times. Perhaps a bit of Fela Kuti inbetween some Techno, a sprinkle of Sofrito in the middle of a disco set and even some Franco getting muddled up with the funk….well, now Rhythm Section gets to flex the afrobeats to a fuller extent.

Bradley Zero will be  resident DJ at the new monthly arts and music night at Richmix. From the Horn of Africa to the centre of shoreditch, this is one not to be missed. Expect some off centre global beats.

for concessions email info@wearerhythmsection.com

Other performers includeDorothea Smartt, a poetess-extraordinaire of Bajan descent. We also have Sai Murai, a funkadelic genius whose cadences have a soulful flow. Then there are Elmi Ali and Sam Elmi, two Somali wunderkinds…

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Talking TABOO in TINA’s Twisted Face

The ludicrous and ugly dogma of TINA (There Is No Alternative) withers against the blossoming beauty of TABOO (There Are Billions Of Options).

Written and performed by Dorothea Smartt of African Writers Abroad – one of a series of new poems from the anthology “No Condition is Permanent: 19 Poets on Climate Justice and Change” published by PLATFORM. TINA: refering to Margaret Thatcher’s infamous phrase “There Is No Alternative”,  TABOO taken from title of this 2009 workshop: “There Are Billions Of Options”.  Poetry commissioned as part of PLATFORM’s two-month season of events and exhibition CWords: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture held at Arnolfini, Bristol in 2009. Film made by You and I Films.

Listen to Dorothea read and discuss this and other poems with Naomi Woddis on the excellent Reel Rebels radio show The Conversational.

+ check this inspiring essay from Patrick Reinsborough which references Dorothea’s poem and the ‘meme-ic’ notion of TABOO:  Giant Whispers: Narrative Power, Radical Imagination and a Future Worth Fighting For.