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Waterstones Birmingham: Belfast to Brum, Poetry Exchange.

  • Waterstones Birmingham 24 -26 High Street Birmingham, England, B4 7SL United Kingdom (map)

Join us for a poetry showcase event on the theme of cultural exchange with poets Birmingham poets Spoz Giovanni Esposito and Nafeesa Hamid, and Northern Irish poets Michael Wlson and Sinead Coxhill.

Spoz (Giovanni Esposito), has been a freelance poet and performer since 2005. Before that, he just did it for fun.

Spoz was Birmingham’s Poet Laureate in 2006 / 7 and has performed at Glastonbury, Shambala, Cheltenham Lit Fest, Larmer Tree and other festivals, as well as in front of his mom. Spoz has had two poetry collections published. “The Day the Earth Grew Hair” and “Spoz’s Shorts … and the Occasional Long One” are for a younger reader. “Ten Letters” will be released on Verve Poetry Press in the Autumn of 2019.

Sinead Coxhill has been writing and performing her poetry for 4 years. She has performed at Waterstones Bookshop in Coleraine for a Women Aloud event. She has also performed open mic as well as festivals in N.Ireland. In October 2018 she performed open mic in a number of cities across England.

Her themes include real life, nature and rural topics. She has recently had a selection of her poetry published in a collection of prose and poetry from Portrush writers.

Nafeesa Hamid is a British Pakistani poet and playwright based in Birmingham. She has featured at nights around the UK and has been a performer at TedxBrum. She is published in The Things I Would Tell You (...), a 2017 anthology edited by Sabrina Mahfouz. Her debut collection Besharam is available to purchase from Verve Poetry Press. She is founder and co organiser of Twisted Tongues (Derby/ Bham). She was a finalist in the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam 2018.

Michael Wilson has been writing and performing poetry on the tried and tested themes of sex drugs and rock n' dole. He also writes using science as metaphor and mental health. His first full book (Bedlam's Best and Finest) has been performed at many locations in the UK, including a full run at the Edinburgh Fringe where it gained a 5 star review. He is a winner of the UK All Star Slam at the Cheltenham Lit Fest and finalist in numerous regional and national slams. Michael has been broadcast on the BBC and RTE radio.

Earlier Event: March 13
Permission to Speak
Later Event: March 14
Spoken Word Poetry Slam #2