guerrilla bitchcraft | Free Word

30 April 2019
19:00 21:00-

Presented by:
Free Word, The Poetry Translation Centre and English PEN


Readings and discussions with Adelaide Ivánova

How does the language of poetry deal with sex, trauma and the pressures of gender expectation?

Award-winning Brazilian poet and artist Adelaide Ivánova shared poetry taken from her latest poetry collection, published by The Poetry Translation Centre, O Martelo, exploring sexualised violence in its many forms alongside the language used to address, challenge, and in some cases, excuse it.

Accompanying Adelaide’s readings were new translations by poet Rachel Long and translator Francisco Vilhena, and the evening brought together poetry performances and responses to Adelaide’s poetry from Octavia poets Destiny Adeyemi, Jade Cuttle, and the newly appointed Young People’s Laureate for London Theresa Lola.


Listen to Adelaide read ‘guerilla bitchcraft’:

30 April 2019
19:00 - 21:00
£10 / £7 / £2

Free Word, The Poetry Translation Centre and English PEN


Adelaide Ivánova

Poet and Artist

Adelaide Ivánova is a Brazilian poet and artist. She lives between Berlin and Cologne. Her first poetry collection, O Martelo (The Hammer) won the Rio de Janeiro Poetry Prize in 2018. Her work has been featured in English in Clinic and Alba Londres. In May 2019, a chapbook of Adelaide Ivánova's work from her award-winning collection will be published by The Poetry Translation Centre. The chapbook will be translated by English poet Rachel Long and bridge-translator Francisco Vilhena.

Rachel Long

Writer, Poet and Translator

Rachel Long is a writer, poet, spoken word artist and translator from London. She has performed at the Royal Festival Hall and the Olympic Stadium. Published by Forward Poetry, The Emma Press and Goldfish Magazine, and has previously been commissioned by Apples and Snakes, SPOKE and Cape Farewell. Rachel is the founder of 'Octavia' - the poetry collective for womxn of colour. Rachel was a Young Producer for both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day Live 2014. She is Assistant Tutor to Jacob Sam-La Rose on the Barbican Young Poets programme 2015-present.

Francisco Vilhena

Translator and Editor

Francisco Vilhena is assistant editor at Granta magazine. He writes short essays and translates from the Portuguese; his work can be found in Modern Poetry in Translation, clinic, Wasafiri, Brooklyn Rail, Granta and elsewhere. He has served as bridge translator on several PTC translation workshops. His cat is one of the first feline polyglots.

Theresa Lola

Poet and Workshop Facilitator

Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian poet, events programmer, workshop facilitator and accountant. Her debut full length poetry collection 'In Search of Equilibrium' described as an extraordinary, and exacting study of death and grieving was published by Nine Arches Press in February 2019. She is the joint winner of the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. In April 2018 she was invited by the Mayor of London's Office to read a commissioned poem alongside Sadiq Khan at the unveiling of Millicent Fawcett's statue, Theresa has also been commissioned by Tate among others. In 2018 she launched a magazine for writers called FourHubs. Theresa has been shortlisted for the 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize, and her poem Portrait of Us As Snow White was highly commended for the 2016 Charles Causley Competition judged by Andrew Motion. She won the 2017 Hammer and Tongue National Slam after a two-day finale at the Royal Albert Hall. She has performed across the UK and internationally. She is a Barbican Young Poet from the 2015-2016 programme led by Jacob Sam-La Rose.

Destiny Adeyemi

Poet and Spoken Word Artist

Destiny Adeyemi is a poet and spoken word performer, a Slambassadors 2018 Winner and is currently in the 18/19 Barbican Young Poets programme. She grew up in Nigeria and lives in London performing at local open mics and poetry events. Her poetry takes inspiration from her upbringing, personal experience and intersectional feminist beliefs.

Jade Cuttle

Poet, Singer-Songwriter and Deputy Editor

Jade Cuttle is a Deputy Poetry Editor at Ambit Magazine, Singer-Songwriter, Workshop Facilitator and Poet. A poet and plant-whisperer, Jade has performed her poetry on BBC Radio 3 and in association with BBC Proms. She has been commissioned to write for other BBC podcasts such as celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary through song and spoken word specials on BBC Introducing. A double recipient of the Foyle Young Poet Award, Jade is also a winner of the 2018 Creative Future Literary Awards. Jade reviews widely and is featured in The Times Literary Supplement, The Poetry Review, the Guardian, Magma, Mslexia, Poetry School, Poetry Wales, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Brixton Review of Books, and Poetry Book Society. Other articles appear in Culture Trip, The Sunday Times, Wasafiri and The Observer.


Poetry Collective

Octavia is the poetry collective for womxn of colour, founded by Rachel Long. Octavia was born in response to the lack of representation and inclusivity in literature and academia. Since 2015, Octavia have come together to read beyond the canon and write themselves, currently housed at the Southbank Centre in London. They’ve been widely featured on BBC World Service, The Guardian, ASOS, Hotdog Magazine, and have run poetry and creative-educational workshops for University of Oxford and the Serpentine Galleries.



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