BORN::FREE

Come, join our community-based literary movement for established, young & emerging writers of all narratives – with a special interest in poetry & experimental writing from our featured poets & writers. For a chance on the open mic email bornfreejam@gmail.com with examples of your work.

Host:

Belinda Zhawi’s a Zimbabwean born writer, educator. Belinda was a 2015/16 London Laureate & the 2016/17 Institute of Contemporary Arts Associate Poet.  She’s co-founder & host of the bi-monthly poetry social, BORN:: FREE. She’s currently based in London, working on her debut pamphlet forthcoming in 2018 on ignitionpress.

The Line-up:

Bridget Minamore

Bridget Minamore is a poet and freelance journalist who writes about race, class, feminism, and pop culture. Her first pamphlet, Titanic, was published in May 2016 by Outspoken Press.

Brother Portrait

Brother Portrait is a writer/rhymer/artist – his words falling into form in poetry, prose, travel writing and music. He’s a believer in the importance of cultural production and archiving experience for understanding expression and sense of self. His album ‘navigate: in limbo’ explores concepts of identity and self in the shadow of daily struggles.

Cecilia Knapp

Cecilia Knapp is a writer, playwright and performer. Her commissions include the TATE, the V&A and the BBC and she has appeared in Vogue and Dazed magazines. Her first piece for theatre ‘Finding Home’ toured the UK for two years and is available in print, published by Burning Eye. Her latest play ‘Losing the Night’ will premier at the Roundhouse in June, her debut collection will be published by Burning Eye in November and she is writing her first novel.

Cecil B. Demented

Cecil is a member of Mad Vibe Collective alongside Slam the Poet, Footshooter, Wookz and others. He is a regular feature for the now disbanded Sumochief, they released a joint project in 2015 under the name the Audioters with Ragofoot and is now currently working on another joint tape with producer k3mp. As the band Debtford, he will be performing some acapella versions from their upcoming tape touching on class identity, gentrification and a personal hatred for estate agents landlords and bailiffs.

Arnold Chukwu

Arnold Chukwu is a writer, humourist, director and clarinet enthusiast from South London of Igbo Nigerian descent. As a writer/director he has had his work selected and screened at the ICA and the BFI. He is a remnant of OG Honor Oak Steez. Grew up in New Cross, South East London, the real south not the “gentrify ina London south” and “he low-key be writing bars.”

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