3 October 2019
Season Launch Party
Season launch party with art installations, poetry and live performances
Join us at Free Word for the launch of Writing Our Way Home: a season exploring shelter, belonging and safety.
Experience the unveiling of RESOLVE Collective’s take over of Free Word’s main space inviting you to envision new ways we could write our way home, and Amina Jama’s Somalinimo (till I dhimo) installation, an homage to the rich Somali culture, the immigrant experience and the ties that bind us.
With special live performances from poet-musician Manor the Latekid supported by Antosh Wojcik, poet Sean Mahoney, a set from Touching Bass DJ Alex Rita and delicious catering from the renowned Spinach & Agushi Ghanaian Street Food and more, expect a jam-packed night of entertainment. Tickets are free but spaces fill up quickly, so be sure to book in advance!
Season branding: THREAD Design | Photography: Rowan Spray
3 October 2019
19:00 - 23:00
DJ, Illustrator, Singer & Designer
The Denmark-born, London-based selector, illustrator, singer and designer — is a talented seamstress in more ways than one. When not tailoring clothes for her own brand, Onda, singing or illustrating lifelike imagery, she patches together sets with soulful, percussive grooves and organic sounds. Listeners can be blessed with everything from spiritual jazz, field recordings and drum ensembles to deep house in one sitting; all aimed at the soul and the feet. Along with Errol, Alex Rita is one of the main forces behind Touching Bass: a movement of London-based soul disciples who hold down a biweekly NTS Radio slot, an innovative discussion/live music series called Speaking In Sound and a regular dance. Alex is also one half of duo Okapii — who are releasing their debut album on Fresh Selects.
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.
In 2018, Akil became part of the first cohort of associates of Public Practice, an initiative supported by the Mayor of London that places a new generation of planners within local government to shape places for the public good. Under this initiative Akil worked as a Project Officer for Placemaking in the London Borough of Croydon’s Spatial Planning Team managing the delivery and evaluation of their meanwhile use projects, part of the borough’s £5.25bn regeneration programme. Akil currently works as a researcher for the London School of Economics’ Cities department, where he works with Dr Julia King on a design-research project that looks at youth culture and semi-public space. Akil has also co- authored chapter with the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Urban Conflict Research on the relationship between Western European cities and urban refugee camps.
A History graduate from Warwick University, Seth has previously worked with Lambeth Council’s Regeneration and Development helping secure up to £2 million of GLA funding for the Loughborough Junction Master Plan. In 2016, he helped pilot the Future of London’s Diversity Speaker’s Network. Having worked as a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting UK in the Infrastructure and Capital Projects Team, he know works as a Regeneration Officer back at Lambeth Council where he oversees stakeholder engagement and coordination around the Brixton Market development.
Gameli joined Zinc.VC, an incubator for social entrepreneurs supported by the London School of Economics in 2018. Zinc.vc brings together insights from the social sciences to help top talent build scalable mission-led businesses. At Zinc, he is working with local government to build a platform which brings creative and social uses to empty shops in town centres. Prior to this, Gameli worked at Reuters in Applied Innovation, leading Proof- of-concepts utilising emerging technologies in AI & Public Cloud. Gameli holds a Masters in Engineering at UCL with Business Finance at the LSE. During his degree, Gameli took part in numerous outreach activities to widen access to educational activities winning a Provost’s Engineering Engagement Award.
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.