EVENT: Perspectives on the Collective: Jacob Sam-La Rose & guests Lewis Driver, Alice Richmond & Meg Waters, hosted by Jill Abram

Saturday 16 July 2022, 8-9.15pm

Livestreamed and BSL interpreted

Belgrade Theatre, B2

Tickets: £10 / £8 (concs)

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Age guideline: 14+

Join us for an evening event that celebrates the power of poetry to bring us together – and poetry as a force for community and connection. Jacob Sam-La Rose’s writing has been characterised as vivid, masterly and carefully structured. He is widely recognised as an indefatigable facilitator, mentor and supporter of young and emerging poets. Jacob is also an editor, teacher, performer, and author of Breaking Silence (Bloodaxe) and will share his poems in this special event, interspersed with conversation with host Jill Abram (poet and director of the renowned Malika’s Poetry Kitchen Collective) about why he writes poems, and which poets have been inspirations, mentors and guiding lights for him. We’ll explore the value of community about how you create space for other poets and creatives and lift up new voices. Our headline event will also be interwoven with spotlight performances from some of the talented up and coming poets from a new Coventry poetry collective –  Lewis Driver, Meg Waters and Alice Richmond. An uplifting, joyful event, not to be missed!


About the Speaker(s):

Jacob Sam-La Rose is a poet, artistic director, editor and educator. Among other roles and appointments, he’s been a poet-in-residence for Raffles Institution (Singapore) and English Heritage, a poetry professor for Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has delivered commissions for the National Gallery, the BBC, Arts Council England, the London School of Economics, International PEN and Nitro (Black Music Theatre Co-operative). His poetry has been translated into Portuguese, Latvian, French and Dutch, and his collection Breaking Silence (Bloodaxe Books) is required reading for an A’ level syllabus.

Lewis Driver is a spoken word artist based in Coventry, going by the name ‘Spoken2life.’ He has been writing spoken word for just over three years and loves having the opportunity to perform. He uses spoken word as a platform to share his Christian faith and speak to key societal issues such as racism and injustice. He wants his poetry to speak truth and to be a voice of hope to the hopeless.

Alice Richmond is a young poet and writer from Rugby. She has performed at various festivals, including BBC Contains Strong Language and the Verve Poetry Festival. Her work explores identity, emotion, and the small moments of being human. She is interested in youth and how the experience of being young is documented. She is currently performing at various open mics and studying for her degree.

Meg Waters is a 20-year-old writer, poet, and student born in Coventry and currently living in Northampton. After beginning to write poetry during lockdown, Meg has performed at both the Verve Poetry Festival and BBC Contains Strong Language Festival, alongside beginning to write her first poetry collection. Her poetry acts as an observation and her own journaling device, focusing upon themes such as personal identity, activism in the digital age, and youth.

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Belgrade Theatre Coventry
Belgrade Square


16 Jul 2022


8:00 pm - 9:15 pm


£10 / £8 (concs)