POETRY

London’s Young People’s Laureates Poetry Shoutout!

Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th April

Join the current Young People's Laureate for London, Caleb Femi, for regular poetry performances around Waterstones Piccadilly on Saturday and Sunday. Spread the Word's YPL for London scheme, gives London's young people a voice through poetry and he'll be joined by previous Laureates: Zia Ahmed, Aisling Fahey and Belinda Zhawi, shouting loud about what matters to them.

Zia Ahmed

Zia Ahmed is from North West London. He is a former Roundhouse Poetry Slam champion and was commissioned by Paines Plough and Tamasha theatre company to write a short play for the national Come to Where I’m From project. Throughout 2017, he is on attachment with Paines Plough as a recipient of the prestigious Channel 4 Playwrights’ scheme.

Aisling Fahey

Aisling Fahey was Young Poet Laureate for London with London’s writer development agency Spread the Word in 2014 – 2015. She has performed in various locations across England, Ireland, America and India, including the Barbican, the Houses of Parliament and Glastonbury.

Caleb Femi

Caleb Femi is the 2016-17 Young People’s Laureate for London. Caleb’s poetry commissions include the Tate Modern, The Royal Society for Literature and The Guardian. As a filmmaker, he has released two documentaries, What Did Love Taste Like In The 70s? and Heartbreak & Grime.

Belinda Zhawi

Belinda Zhawi is a Zimbabwean born writer and educator. Her work mostly focuses on displacement, sexuality, migration, and memories of living in rural & urban Zimbabwe. She’s performed across the UK in numerous venues, festivals & events including Africa Writes, Bestival, TATE, Barbican and the Southbank Centre.