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Performance Poetry Workshop by British Council



British Council is running a workshop for adult writers looking to improve their spoken word performance as part of the 16th Lagos Book & Arts Festival: ‘Performance Poetry’. The workshop will be facilitated by British spoken word artist Indigo Williams, Winner of 2012 New Generation Slam. More details about her professional history at http://www.britishcouncil.org.ng/Indigo-Williams-Biography.

The workshop aims to:

  • Renew interest, inspiration and confidence in spoken word abilities.
  • Introduce Indigo Williams and her work
  • Provide a greater understanding of the relevance of spoken word and place within the international literary world


We are looking for:

  1. Spoken word poets with at least two years’ performance experience (online published work)
  2. Poets who are interested in strengthening their work and building on previous experience.
  3. Poets who are happy in a group and willing to get involved

To apply selected writers must:

  • Show examples of their spoken word (online / YouTube links, written spoken word poems [max 5])
  • Provide a 200-400 supporting statement of their interest in spoken word performance.  This may detail previous performances, events or other relevant opportunities pursued.
  • Be available on the 14 of November 2013 from 10.00am till 5.00pm
  • Let us know of any access requirements we might need to cater for
  • Click here (http://www.britishcouncil.org.ng/Performance-Poetry) to download application form, fill and send to arts.nigeria@ng.britishcouncil.org on or before 04 November 2014

Unfortunately, we are only able to contact selected candidates and will do this by November 11, 2014. The workshop can only accommodate maximum 20 writers.

About the Workshop:

Performance Poetry empowers and enables those that participate in it to find their voice. It is a spirited celebration of free expression and self-assertion.  Join UK spoken word artist Indigo Williams to find and develop your voice, your poetry and your performance in this full day workshop. The workshop will encourage participants to take part in the LABAF Poetry Slam on Sunday at 1800 on the main stage at Freedom Park: 100,000 Poets and Musicians for Change. More about Indigo Williams below.





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