A Warning To The House (That Holds Me) | Free Word

5 December 2019
19:00 - 21:00

Presented by:
Free Word


Readings and performances for the launch of Amina Jama’s debut poetry collection

Join us for the launch of Somali-British writer Amina Jama’s debut poetry collection, exploring the legacy of poetry and art, and the ways we are influenced by the voices that have come before us.

Edited by Jacob Sam-La Rose and published by Flipped Eye, A Warning To The House That Holds Me responds to the work of Safia Ehillio, Hanif Abdurraqib, Ocean Vuong, Caroline Bird and most prominently Frida Kahlo. Amina Jama draws on experiences of home, autonomy and passage, writing in conversation with Kahlo and exploring the varied and unusual spaces some call home.

The night will feature readings and support from some of the freshest, most exciting voices in the UK poetry and performance scene.

Amina Jama is also the artist behind Somalinimo (till I dhimo), a new installation that transforms Free Word’s cafe space into a migrant Somali living room. She has previously been commissioned by the BBC, Nationwide, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace and the London Mayor’s Office.

Season branding: THREAD Design | Photography: Myah Jeffers

5 December 2019
19:00 - 21:00
£6 / £5 (30 & under)

Free Word


Amina Jama


Amina Jama is a Somali-British writer. An alumna of Barbican Young Poets, member of Octavia Poetry Collective, co-host of Boxedin, Amina has completed residencies and performed internationally with Speaking Volumes. Her work often explores displacement, dual cultural identity and family and has been published in numerous anthologies, as well as shortlisted for the Outspoken 2018 Poetry Prize.



There is step-free access to all areas of Free Word and a number of other facilities available to make the venue accessible. 

  • Our box office, theatre and hall are all on the ground floor with step-free access from the street
  • Meeting rooms and offices are accessible by lift from the ground floor
  • There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor
  • Hearing loops are available at the box office and the theatre (when set up theatre style) and in all meeting rooms
  • If you need to bring someone for assistance, please get in touch with us so we can provide a free ticket for them

Please talk to our team if you have specific access requirements.


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