Croydon’s one-day spoken word festival Living in Poetry is back on Saturday October 12th at the newly refurbished Fairfield Halls, offering a diverse showcase of events celebrating the power of the spoken and written word.

Following our 2018 debut, we are back to continue the amazing vibes with an inspiring lineup of talented guests hosting an enriching range of events – including theatrical performances, readings, panelled discussions, workshops, and an open mic stage – where Poetry and Spoken Word meet Hip Hop, Grime, dance, theatre, literature and discussion. See you there?

FAIRFIELD HALLS
CROYDON

SATURDAY
OCTOBER 12TH

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Workshop

11:00am @ The Recreational
POETRY PERFORMANCE (11-14 YEAR OLDS)
Roundhouse Poetry Slam Finalist Russeni Fisher helps you find new ways to bring poetry off the page, using theatre.

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Open Mic

1:30pm @ Arnhem Foyer
POEMS, RHYMES & LUNCH
Join quickfire wordsmiths Miss Yankey, Woodzy & Broken Pen for an amazing afternoon of sobering words, plus open mic.

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Gallery

11am-7pm @ Arthur Davison Suite
SEE OUR VOICES
Art students from Riddlesdown Collegiate respond to pioneering UK Hip Hop groups London Posse & King Dem, and the evolution of UK Garage & Grime.

Talks

11:00am
BOOKS x BISCUITS:
TALKING CRIME

Award-winning novelist Stav Sherez talks crime writing with Joy Francis.

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12:30pm
BOOKS x BISCUITS:
RISE UP

Jude Yawson, co-author of Stormzy’s autobiography, in conversation with Symeon Brown.

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All talks and panels take place in the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Suite.

Panels

2:30pm
OWN IT: BRITISH HIP HOP PIONEERS IN CONVERSATION
Rodney P, Ty, Blak Twang & Speech Debelle talk authenticity with Symeon Brown.

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4:30pm
THE FUTURE IS HERS
Zena Edwards, Speech Debelle, Amani Saeed & Debris Stevenson talk creative empowerment with Joy Francis.

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6pm
DON’T MENTION IT
LionHeart, Shocka, Nathaniel Cole, Franklyn Addo & Tanaka Fuego discuss masculinity, wellness & creativity with Symeon Brown.

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Shows

3:30pm @ The Recreational
RHYME x REMIX
A special one-off collaborative show from Grime poet Debris Stevenson, creator of the stunning Poet In Da Corner, & in-demand DJ Mina, that explores the versatility of poetry, dance and DJing.

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7pm @ The Recreational
HIGH RISE eSTATE OF MIND
A stunning new show from the makers of No milk for foxes, DenMarked & Frankenstein, exposing young people’s fears of where they will live, will they ever afford to live somewhere clean and safe, and is a home just a modern day pipe dream for many?

Stars Conrad Murray, Paul Cree, Lakeisha Lynch Stevens and Gambit Ace.

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Venue Information

Fairfield Halls
Park Lane
Croydon
CR9 1DG

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Our Support

Living In Poetry Festival is brought to you by Croydon-based organisation Well Versed Ink in partnership with Young People Insight, and proudly supported by public funding from Arts Council England and Croydon Council, with special thanks to Croydon Voluntary Action and Nexus Creative Hub.