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Poets Anthony Anaxagorou and Raymond Antrobus will be in conversation exploring issues of identity, history, racism, white supremacy, love and loss as they relate to poetry.
Anthony Anaxagorou is an award winning poet, prose writer, playwright, performer and educator. Since becoming the first young poet to win the London Mayor’s Poetry Slam in 2002, he has continued to be an inspiring and important voice in spoken word, publishing eight volumes of poetry, a spoken word EP and a book of short stories. His collection ‘The Blink That Killed The Eye’ was published by Jacaranda Books in 2014 and he has since won the Groucho Maverick Award in 2015 consisting of a £10,000 prize, a lifetime membership to the club and a Gavin Turk sculpture. Anthony is also the founder and artistic director of Out-Spoken, an incredible event of poetry and live music in London, and he is the chief editor and founder of Out-Spoken Press.
Raymond Antrobus is a poet, performer and hearing aid user, born and bred in East London, Hackney. His poems have been published in magazines and literary journals such as The Rialto, Magma Poetry, Oxford Diaspora's Programme, British Council Literature, Shooter Literary Journal, The Missing Slate, Morning Star, Media Diversified and University Of Arkansas Press. Raymond has read and performed his poetry at festivals (Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival) and universities (Oxford, Goldsmiths, Warwick etc. He has also read internationally (South Africa, Kenya, North America, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Switzerland.