Another glorious deep dive into the weighty waters of poetry and performance with a truly integral voice in UK poetry since the mid-90s; Zena Edwards. She’s been an ubiquitous presence around the spoken word scene for longer than this cherub has been alive, she’s shut down stages on both sides of the Atlantic including appearing on Def Poetry Jam, read poems across Africa, and has successfully navigated corporate, community, entertainment, and activist spaces with ease and integrity. Zena has performed with The Last Poets at the British Library, the legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, choreographer and dancer Akram Khan (Xenos), visionary visual artist – Theaster Gates (Soul Manufacturing Company) and radical filmmaker Fahim Alam, (Riots Reframed). She’s also provided invaluable mentoring to younger and lesser experienced poets through workshops and guidance. In this episode we also give some shine to Apples & Snakes, the UK’s longstanding leading poetry organisation, and discuss each of our involvement in the recent immersive climate cabaret show, Cece’s Speakeasy, and highlight the artistic innovations that come from cross-artform collaborations.
Ep.131 is available wherever you get your podcasts, incl Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Soundcloud. The full transcript will be here soon and the next episode will be with Salena Godden! Lots of great poets coming up, stay with us for the journey!