With Love (And Rage), Generation Rent | Free Word

18 November 2019
19:00 - 21:00

Presented by:
Free Word and Spread the Word

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Spoken word with Theresa Lola, Amaal Said, Seraphima Kennedy and more


The UK is facing a housing crisis unlike anything seen in recent history. Priced out of their homes and unable to secure permanent housing, Generation Rent are unable to put down roots in their communities.

Change is long overdue.

Join us for an incendiary night of poetry and reflection from some of the country’s brightest young poets as they envision a better future where housing is safe, secure and accessible to all. Spread the Word’s Young People’s Laureate Theresa Lola, poets Amaal Said and Seraphima Kennedy and illustrator Olivia Twist will be taking inspiration from conversations with young people and research from the ground-breaking charity Shelter.

Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian poet, member of Octavia collective and a Barbican Young Poets alumni. She is the current Young People’s Laureate for London. Amaal Said is a Danish-born Somali photographer and poet whose work has been featured in Vogue, The Guardian and The New York. She won Wasafiri Magazine’s New Writing Prize for poetry in 2015. Seraphima Kennedy is a writer, poet and journalist born in west London. Her work has been published in The Guardian, The White Review and The Rialto. Olivia Twist is an illustrator, arts facilitator and lecturer with an MA in Visual Communication from the Royal College of Art.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through advice, support, legal services and campaigning. Spread the Word is London’s writer development agency, kick starting the careers of the country’s best new writers.

Season branding: THREAD Design | Illustration: Olivia Twist

18 November 2019
19:00 - 21:00
£10 / £7 (30 & under)

Free Word and Spread the Word

BIOS

Theresa Lola 

Poet and Young People's Laureate for London

Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian Poet and workshop facilitator. She is the Young People's Laureate for London. She is a member of Octavia, poetry collective for womxn of colour, and is a Barbican Young Poets alumni. Her debut poetry collection 'In Search of Equilibrium' was published by Nine Arches Press in February 2019.

Amaal Said

Photographer and Poet

Amaal Said is a Danish-born Somali photographer, and poet, based in London. Her photographs have been featured in Vogue, The Guardian and The New York Times. She is concerned with storytelling and how best she can connect with people to document their stories. She won Wasafiri Magazine’s New Writing Prize for poetry in 2015. She is a member of Octavia, poetry collective for womxn of colour, and is a former Barbican Young Poet.

Seraphima Kennedy

Writer and Researcher

Seraphima Kennedy is a freelance writer, poet and journalist born in west London. Her work has been published in The Guardian, The White Review and The Rialto. She is a member of the collective Malika’s Poetry Kitchen.

Olivia Twist

Illustrator and Lecturer

Olivia Twist is an Illustrator, Arts Facilitator and Lecturer from east London with an MA in Visual Communication from the Royal College of Art. The key threads which can be found in her work are place, the mundane and overlooked narratives. Her striking visual language comprises of a myriad of esoteric layers informed by a propensity for human-centered research methodologies. She is determined to make the arts, heritage institutions and arts education more accessible and representative of their local communities. Olivia has a strong interest in participatory design, relational aesthetics and documenting social history as it unfolds. As a practitioner her aims are to provide her audience with 'the shock of the familiar' and to trigger greater intergenerational discussion.

PARTNERS

ACCESS

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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