£10 - £16 full price, £8 - £14 concessions
From the anti-war and civil rights movements to
feminist and LGBT activism, this series puts focus on the women poets who played
a crucial role in the seismic social and political change of 1968, 50 years on.
This performance brings together voices from across
generations, nations and disciplines to celebrate the work of one of the most
prolific and profound poets of the 20th and 21st centuries:
Through her poetry and activism, Maya Angelou healed
a nation, transforming the narrative around race and identity politics at a
personal and global scale. 50 years since the seismic Civil Rights events of
1968, join us to celebrate the extraordinary impact of this phenomenal woman
for a night of discussion, poetry performances and live music.
Angelou’s UK editor Lennie Goodings,
writer and broadcaster Afua Hirsch and
some of London’s finest young jazzers led by Miryam Solomon.
Goodings is the chair at Virago publishing, a company she
worked at for over 20 years. During this time Lennie Goodings was Maya
Angelou’s UK editor, as well as many other leading female writers discovered by
Virago, a publisher with a mission to champion women’s voices and bring them to
the widest possible readership around the world. Lennie will be opening our
show with an introduction to the life of Maya Angelou as well as sharing her
own favourite personal memories of the poet.
Hirsch is a writer,
broadcaster, barrister and human rights development worker of Ghanaian, English
and Jewish heritage. She is the Social Affairs and Education Editor for Sky
News and was previously a correspondent for the British newspaper The
Guardian. Following on from Afua’s article about Maya Angelou’s influence
on millions of young women, Afua will be exploring the enduring legacy of Maya
Angelou on women for generations to come.
Miryam Solomon is a London based singer/songwriter, by way of Sweden and Eritrea. She
released her debut EP Evergreen in 2014 and returns with Women Make Music award
funded Magnolia featuring contributions from artists such as Jean Berthon and
Shabaka Hutchings and support from Jamie Cullum, Jazz FM and NTS. Leading a
group of London’s finest young jazzers, Miryam will be brining to life the
sounds of Maya Angelou’s America.
Part of The Dream of a Common Language: The
Women Poets Who Changed 1968 series in partnership with Virago.
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