Full Price: £12
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With support from Malaika Kegode
Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright and performer, a Complete Works poet alumni and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Across his work, identity, displacement and destiny are recurring themes in which he also tries to mix the old with the new; traditional African storytelling with contemporary poetry.
Inua’s latest collection, The Actual, is a symphony of personal and political fury – sometimes probing delicately, sometimes burning with raw energy. In 55 poems that swerve and crackle with a rare music, Inua Ellams unleashes a full-throated assault on empire and its legacies of racism, injustice and toxic masculinity.
Written on his phone, in transit, between meetings, before falling asleep and just after waking, this is poetry a polemic, as an act of resistance, but also as dream-vision. At its heart, this book confronts the absolutism and ‘foolish machismo’ of hero culture – from Perseus to Trump, from Batman to Boko Haram.
Through the thick gauze of history, these breathtaking poems look the world square in the face and ask, “what the actual—-?”
‘Poetry as fire, as lament, as beauty’ Bernardine Evaristo
Malaika Kegode is a writer, performer and producer based in Bristol. She has performed around the UK at a number of celebrated venues, festivals and poetry events, such as Tongue Fu, Out-Spoken at The 100 Club, WOMAS, Boomtown Festival and BBC at the Edinburgh Festival. In 2020, Malaika’s debut theatre show Outlier – was commissioned by Bristol Old Vic after scratch performances as part of their Ferment session. In 2018 she was included in the BME Power List, celebrating Bristol’s most influential black & minority ethnic people.
Malaika’s work tells of how we can find beauty and hope through the darkness. Her overall themes of family, mental health, addiction and love always have an undercurrent of optimism and strength. Her performance style has been described as ‘filmic’ and ‘musical’.