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Poets involved in the Globe Road Festival include:

Linton Kwesi Johnson was born in 1952 in Chapelton, Clarendon, Jamaica. He came to London in 1963, went to Tulse Hill secondary school and later studied Sociology at Goldsmiths' College, University of London. He was a member of the Black Panthers, and developed his work with Rasta Love, a group of poets and drummers. In 1977 he was awarded a C Day Lewis Fellowship, becoming the writer-in-residence for Lambeth. He then worked at the Keskidee Centre, the first home of Black theatre and art.

In 1974 Race Today published Johnson’s first collection of poetry, Voices of the Living and the Dead. He has had four more books published and in 2002 became only the second living poet and the first black poet to have his work included in Penguin’s Modern Classics series, under the title Mi Revalueshanary Fren: Selected Poems. Johnson’s first album, Dread Beat An Blood was released in 1978, and since then he has released 14 more albums, including LKJ Live in Paris in 2004, a CD and DVD celebrating his 25th anniversary as a reggae recording artist.

Linton Kwesi Johnson has been running his own record label, LKJ Records, since 1981. He has worked in journalism and still regularly tours around the world with the Dennis Bovell Dub Band. He is also a Trustee of the George Padmore Institute. In 2003 Johnson was bestowed with an honorary fellowship from his alma mater, Goldsmiths College.

Bibliography

  • Voices of the Living and the Dead (London: Race Today, 1974)
  • Dread Beat An' Blood (London: Bogle-L'Ouverture, 1975)
  • Inglan Is A Bitch (London: Race Today, 1980)
  • Tings An' Times (Newcastle upon Tyne and London: Bloodaxe Books and LKJ Music, 1991)
  • Mi Revalueshanary Fren: Selected Poems (London: Penguin Modern Classics, 2002)
  • Discography
  • Dread Beat An Blood (Virgin, 1978)
  • Forces of Victory (Island, 1979)
  • Bass Culture (Island, 1980)
  • LKJ in Dub (Island, 1981)
  • Making History (Island, 1983)
  • LKJ Live in Concert with the Dub Band (LKJ Records, 1985)
  • Tings An' Times (LKJ Records, 1991)
  • LKJ in Dub: Volume Two (LKJ Records, 1992)
  • LKJ Presents (LKJ Records, 1996)
  • LKJ A Cappella Live (LKJ Records, 1996)
  • More Time (LKJ Records, 1998)
  • Independant Intavenshan (Island, 1998)
  • LKJ in Dub Volume 3 (LKJ Records, 2002)
  • Straight To Inglan’s Head: An Introduction to Linton Kwesi Johnson (Island, 2003)
  • LKJ Live in Paris (LKJ Records, 2004) – CD and DVD

Agnès Agboton is a philologist and narrator of tales and legends in the African oral tradition. She has published two bilingual Gun/Spanish poetry books in Spain. She has regularly acted as a narrator in schools and libraries since 1990, and has adapted and translated legends and traditional stories of her land into Spanish, Catalan and French, publishing these in three collections.

Tim Atkins is the author of Petrarch Collected Atkins (Crater Press) -- a TLS book for the year for 2014 -- and many other volumes. His work has been published by O Books, The Figures, Book Thug, Barque, and Faber, and he is the editor of the the long-running international poetry journal onedit.net. A former summer faculty member of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, his current work, On Fathers < On Daughtyrs, has been appearing in magazines such as The Cambridge Literary Review and The Denver Quarterly.

Caroline Bergvall is an artist, writer and performer who works across artforms, media and languages. The recipient of many awards and commissions, her work frequently develops through exploring material traces, literary documents and linguistic detail, language and literary history, sites and histories, hidden or forgotten knowledges. Her sparse textual, spatial and audio works often expose hidden or difficult historical/political events. Her projects alternate between books and printed matter, audio pieces, collaborative performances, site-specific installations. Her most recent work, DRIFT (2013-2015) explores narratives and mappings of travel, migrancy and disappearance, and toured the UK in 2014. Drift was published by Nightboat Books in 2014. Other publications include Meddle English: New and Selected Texts (Nightboat Books, 2011), Middling English (John Hansard Publications, 2010), and a DVD of installations, Ghost Pieces: five language-based installations (John Hansard Publications, 2011). She has participated in solo and group shows at the Whitney Biennial (NY), Fondation Vuitton (Paris), Tate Modern (London), Khoj Art Centre (New Delhi), MCA (Denver), The Power Plant Gallery (Toronto), Norrlandsoperan (Sweden), Actoral Festival (Marseille), Shorelines Festival (Southend), Fundacio Tapiès (Barcelona), Hammer Museum (LA), KUMU (Tallinn), MOMA (NY), Samtidsmuseet (Oslo), and Villa Bernasconi (Geneva). In 2014-15 she was Visiting Professor at the School of Art and Design in Geneva (2014-2015): http://www.carolinebergvall.com/index.php.

Photo by Stavros Petropoulos
Theodoros Chiotis is a poet and literary theorist. He writes poetry and code poetry in Greek and English. His work has appeared in print and online magazines and anthologies in Greece, the UK, the US, Australia, Sweden, Turkey and Croatia. He has presented his work in literary festivals in Greece, Croatia and the UK. He is the editor and translator of the anthology "Futures: Poetry of the Greek Crisis" (Penned in the Margins, November 2015). He has translated contemporary British and American poets and Aristophanes into English. He has published critical work on contemporary poetry, digital literature and autobiographical discourse. He is a member of the editorial board of the Greek literary magazine [φρμκ]. He has studied Classics and Modern Greek at the Universities of London and Oxford. He is currently working as Project Manager at the Cavafy Archive (Onassis Foundation). He lives in Athens.

Aisling Fahey has performed in various locations across England and America, including the Barbican, the Houses of Parliament and Glastonbury. She previously won the London Teenage Senior Slam and SLAMbassadors UK, run in association with the poetry society. She is a member of the Burn After Reading collective and Barbican Young Poets and is currently the Young Poet Laureate for London. She graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in English Literature in 2014. You can follow her on Twitter @_AislingF [Photo by Leonie Morse]

SJ Fowler is a poet, artist, curator & vanguardist. He works in the modernist and avant garde traditions, across poetry, fiction, theatre, sonic art, visual art, installation and performance. He has published seven collections of poetry and been commissioned by Tate Britain, the British Council, Tate Modern and is currently in residence in Wellcome Collection through the Hubbub group. He has been translated into 13 languages and performed at venues across the world, from Mexico city to Erbil, Iraq. He is the poetry editor of 3am magazine, teaches at Kingston University and Tate Modern, and is the curator of the Enemies project. 

Alan Gilbey is a Bafta award winning screenwriter, specialising in comedy and animation. Formerly a performance poet and stand-up comedian, for over a decade he also ran acclaimed theatrical walking tours around the streets of Spitalfields. He still creates special events around local history themes, often featuring other former members of the Basement Writers, today. His book of walks ‘East End Backpassages –an explorer’s guide’ is a Brick Lane Bookshop bestseller.

Kaiser Haq is a Bangladeshi poet, essayist and translator whose books include Published in the Streets of Dhaka: Collected Poems, Pariah and Other Poems and, just out, The Triumph of the Snake Goddess. He is professor of English at Dhaka University and the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh.

Anthony Joseph is a Trinidadian born poet, novelist, musician and lecturer. He is the author of four poetry collections, a novel The African Origins of UFOs as well as five critically acclaimed albums as a vocalist and poet. In 2005 he was selected by the Arts Council of England and Renaissance One as one of 50 Black and Asian writers who have made significant contributions to contemporary British literature. In 2012 he represented Trinidad at the inaugural Poetry Parnassus Festival on London’s South Bank. He is the recipient of an Arts Council of England touring award as well as an AHRC postgraduate scholarship. He lectures in Poetry and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London: www.anthonyjoseph.co.uk

Myung Mi Kim's books and chapbooks include Penury, River Antes, Commons, DURA, and Under Flag, winner of the Multicultural Publisher’s Exchange Award.
She has received fellowships and honors from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative North American Poetry, and the Fund for Poetry. Kim is Professor of English at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

Dalji Nagra comes from a Punjabi background. He was born and raised in London then Sheffield. He has won several prestigious prizes for his poetry. In 2004, he won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem with Look We Have Coming to Dover! This was also the title of his first collection which was published by Faber & Faber in 2007. This won the South Bank Show Decibel Award, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and was nominated for The Costa Prize, The Guardian First Book Prize, the Aldeburgh Prize and the Glen Dimplex Award. His second collection, Tippoo Sultan’s Incredible White-Man  Eating Tiger-Toy Machine!!! was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. His current book, Ramayana, is shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. In 2014 he won the Royal Society of Authors Travelling Scholarship Award.

Daljit’s poems have been published in New Yorker, Atlantic Review, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, Poetry London, Poetry International, Rialto and The North.

Miriam Nash's work as a poet and performer has taken her to the USA, Singapore, Indonesia and across the UK. As a workshop facilitator, she has received extensive training from poet Jacob Sam-La Rose.

"I aim to create work that combines the rigour of the page with the immediacy of performance. This is reflected in my workshops, where young people are given a safe, inviting space to begin with the roughest of drafts, understand editing as a creative process and shape their work for performance and publication. I treat students as fellow writers and support them to communicate the uniqueness of their own voices, experiences and inventions, whether through poetry, story or drama."

Samira Negrouche is a French speaking Algerian poet and author, living in Algiers. She is the author of several poetry collections, short essays and prose writings. Negrouche also translates poetry from Arabic and English into French. Her works are translated in more than fifteen languages among those English by Zoë Skoulding with whom she collaborated in 2014 for a 179° performance in the Ledbury poetry festival and the mosaic Rooms. She has worked on interdisciplinary projects with music, theatre, video, photography as well as plastic arts. Some of her publication: Cabinet Secret (2007), Le Jazz des oliviers (2010), Seuil dynamique (2015). Trained as a medical Doctor, Negrouche dedicates her full time to creative projects.

M. NourbeSe Philip is a poet, essayist, novelist and playwright. A former lawyer, she lives in the space-time of the City of Toronto. She is author of five books of poetry, including the seminal, She Tries Her Tongue; Her Silence Softly Breaks, as well as three collections of essays. Her fiction includes several short stories and the young adult novel, Harriet’s Daughter, winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award for Children (1989).   Her most recent work is the hauntological, genre-breaking, book-length poem Zong!, which engages with the law, history and memory.  Among her awards are the Pushcart Prize (USA, 1981), the Casa de las Americas Prize (Cuba,1988), the Prairie Schooner Lawrence Foundation Award (USA,1994) and Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships (USA, 1990, 2005). She has been a finalist for the Dora Award (1999), the National Magazine Award (1998) and the Max and Greta Abel Award for Multicultural Literature (1989).

Shama Rahman is a multi-disciplinary storyteller in the areas of science, performance and visual arts. She has an interdisciplinary PhD in the ‘Neuroscience of Musical Creativity using Complexity Tools’, investigating emergent neural systemic patterns in the electrical brain activity of Jazz and Classical pianists during the generation of two types of musical creativity: Improvisation and Interpretation. She is the co-author of a book chapter ‘Creativity in the Twenty First Century: Multidisciplinary Contributions to the Science of Creative Thinking’ by Springer. As a musician, some of her music is conceptually inspired by her research. She has been awarded an Emerging Excellence Award, shortlisted finalist for Sky Arts Scholarship, and commissioned by composer residency 'Take V'. Merging her passions, she founded award-winning creative production company ‘Jugular: Joining The Head and The Heart’ with a powerful vision: to showcase and develop rich interactions between cutting-edge science and newly commissioned creative performance.

Hannah Silva is a poet, playwright and performer known for her innovative explorations of form, voice and language. Her work explores a wide range of subjects: from political rhetoric (Opposition) to paranormal science (Total Man), teenage sexual identity (Orchid) to long distance running (Marathon Tales). She is currently touring 'Schlock!', a meditation on pain, the body, consent and ownership, made by splicing the language of Fifty Shades of Grey with a novel by Kathy Acker. Her debut poetry collection Forms of Protest is published by Penned in the Margins. http://hannahsilva.co.uk

Andra Simons is a Bermudian writer and performer living in London. He published his debut collection The Joshua Tales (Treehouse Press) in 2009 and is a third of the performance band AMPHIBIA. He is a Creative Writing Visiting Lectuer at the University of Greenwich and is presently editing his next collection of poetry Turtle Men.

Zoë Skoulding has published four collections of poetry, most recently The Museum of Disappearing Sounds (Seren, 2013), shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. She has performed her work at many international festivals, often incorporating electronic sound in her readings as well as collaborating with musicians. Her monograph Contemporary Women's Poetry and Urban Space: Experimental Cities was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013, and she was editor of the international quarterly Poetry Wales 2008-2014. She is Senior Lecturer in the School of English Literature at Bangor University.

Michael Vidon is a poet and educator from France. He is currently studying the MA Writer Teacher at Goldsmiths University alongside the Spoken Word Educators Programme.

He was finalist at the French Grand Slam National in Paris (2010) and lead translator for the World cup. He teaches creative writing and performance to all ages ranging from Key Stage One to pensioners as well as a variety of backgrounds around the UK. He has performed at spoken word events and has performed at the Edinburgh Free Fringe in 2014.

"My approach is playful and is aimed at helping students think outside the box to uncover surprising imagery and textures."

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