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Derby Poetry Festival: Joelle Taylor

22 Nov 2019
Joelle Taylor

Acclaimed performance poet Joelle Taylor’s performance at Quad will be her first in Derby and she will be supported by a selection of the best local poets.

Joelle Taylor has toured her work across hundreds of venues, throughout the UK and internationally - from the 02 Arena to Buckingham Palace and for the British Council - across Brazil, Botswana, Mexico, Singapore, Australia and more. Featured on TV and Radio, she was the Founder and Artistic Director of SLAMbassadors UK - the longest running spoken word education programme in the country.  She is the author of titles including The Woman who was not there and Ska Tissue and her work is included in the GCSE syllabus. In 2015 she was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society Arts and named as one of the Southbank Centre’s Nelson Mandela Change Makers for positively changing the face of Britain.

Her latest volume, ‘Songs My Enemies Taught Me’ has a five star Amazon review stating that it’s, ‘a collection of back alley poetry and flick knife tales detailing women s struggle against sexual terrorism and colonisation. Songs of independence. Songs of survival. Songs of uprising. Comprised of poetry, text messages, landays, letters and news flashes these are stories plucked from women s lips across the globe and re-imagined by award-winning poet, playwright, and author Joelle Taylor. Some stories are her own. Others are yours.’

The event will be hosted by She Speaks whose presentation of Vanessa Kissule and guests at last year’s Poetry Festival saw a capacity audience. Having seen her perform over in Nottingham last year we are sure that this will be another sell-out event.

Suitable for ages 16+

Tickets: £8 standard £7 concessions.