Join us for a night of exploring borders, homelands and revolution through spoken word and poetry about hope, despair, displacement and fighting.
We are delighted to have Eric Ngalle Charles reading from his debut collection “Homelands”. hedraws on his early life raised by the matriarchs of Cameroon, being sent to Moscow by human traffickers, and finding a new home in Wales. Rich in tone, subject and emotion, Charles’ poetry moves between the present and the past, between Africa and Europe, and between despair and hope. It discovers that historical injustices now play out in new forms, and that family tensions are as strong as the love within a family. Despite the difficulties Charles has faced, Homelands contains poems of fondness, warmth and humour and, as he returns to Cameroon to confront old ghosts, forgiveness.
Also joining us will be Matt Broomfield. He is an award-winning poet and activist who recently spent three years living and working in Rojava, Syrian Kurdistan, in solidarity with the direct-democratic, women-led revolution there. He will be performing poems from ‘brave little sternums’, his debut poetry collection released July 2022 by Fly on the Wall, which was written in and about the revolution he calls “living, ugly, beautiful, writhing, self-contradictory, hopelessly compromised, and utterly worth fighting for.”
Karwan, an unpublished Kurdish poet, will also share some of his poetry which centres around his story as a refugee and belonging.
Doors are open at 18:45, the event will start at 19:00.
Tickets include a glass of wine/ soft drink and £2 off the books!