Deptford Literature Festival:
Inua Ellams’ R.A.P. Party

Come for the rhymes, come for the poems, come for the songs, or come for the vibes.

BSL Interpreted.

What might eloquent voices from contemporary poetry and spoken word movements have to say about hip-hop’s past, present and future?

Come chill and find out at Inua Ellams’ Rhythm And Poetry Party, a nostalgic, no-clutter, no-fuss, night of hip-hop-inspired poems and favourite hip-hop songs. Ten poets and a DJ. That’s it.

This event is part of Deptford Literature Festival, with support from the Albany and We Are Lewisham.

Access Notes
– This event is BSL interpreted

– The Albany is accessible, with accessible toilets.

Tickets are £5 and can be booked on The Albany website:

What’s a R.A.P. Party like?

Deptford Literature Festival COVID-19 Protocols

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Free bursary places 

If you are a Lewisham resident and are unable to afford the price of this ticket, we have a number of free bursary places available by application by Monday 14 February, 9am. You can find out more and apply here:

Deptford Literature Festival takes place on Saturday 19 March 2022 and celebrates the diversity and creativity of Deptford and Lewisham through words, stories and performance. It is run as a collaboration between producer Tom MacAndrew and Spread the Word.

You can find out more about Deptford Literature Festival at:

About Inua Ellams' R.A.P. Party Poets and DJ

Inua Ellams

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Born in Nigeria in 1984, Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He is an ambassador for the Ministry of Stories and has published four books of poetry: ‘Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars’, ‘Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales’ 'The Wire-Headed Heathen' and '#Afterhours'. His first play ‘The 14th Tale’ was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and his fourth ‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ sold out its run at England’s National Theatre. He is currently touring 'An Evening With An Immigrant' and working on ‘The Half God of Rainfall’ – a new play in verse. In graphic art & design, online and in print, he tries to mix the old with the new, juxtaposing texture and pigment with flat shades of colour and vector images. He lives and works from London, where he founded the Midnight Run, a nocturnal urban excursion. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

DJ Alex Session

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Alex Session is one of London’s best loved party DJ’s, with an eclectic selection that blends the best of old and new music with no bias, as long as it’s good. Frequented DJ residencies past and present include – The Scotch of St James, Shoreditch House, Soho House (Dean and Greek Street), White City House, Groucho Club, La Bodega Negra, The NED, Sky Garden, Arts Club – Mayfair, plus a host more.

Carmina Masoliver

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Carmina Masoliver is a poet from south London, and founder of She Grrrowls feminist arts nights. She has been sharing her poetry on both the page and the stage for over a decade, and her small chapbook was published by Nasty Little Press in 2014. Her latest book ‘Circles’ is published by Burning Eye Books (2019) and is an illustrated long-form poem, and she recently self-published ‘Selected Poems: 2007 – 2012’, a mixed media pamphlet of poems. Her poetry has also been featured in publications such as Popshot Magazine, The Rialto and Brittle Star.

Carmina was long-listed for the Young Poet Laureate for London award in 2013, the inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships in 2017, the Out-Spoken Prize in Performance Poetry in 2018 and the Grindstone International Poetry Prize in 2020. Alumni of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective, she has featured at nights such as Bang Said the Gun, and festivals including Latitude, Bestival and Lovebox both as a collective and individually. She performed internationally whilst living abroad, in Singapore, and in Spain.

Jack Underwood

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Jack Underwood is author of Happiness (Faber 2015) Solo for Mascha Voice (Test Centre, 2018) and A Year in the New Life (Faber 2021). His debut work of non-fiction, NOT EVEN THIS, was published by Corsair in 2021. He is co-presenter and curator of the Faber Poetry Podcast and is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College.

Gboyega Odubanjo

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Gboyega Odubanjo was born and raised in east London and is an editor of bath magg. He is the author of two poetry pamphlets, While I Yet Live and Aunty Uncle Poems.

Hasti Crowther

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Hasti is a poet and writer living in South East London. A member of the Southbank New Poets Collective and the Ledbury Poetry Critics, Hasti has published poems in the Poetry Review and PERVERSE mag, and has co-written short sci-fi film DIGGING, produced by Film4, Fruit Tree Media, and Dark Pictures as part of series Foresight. Hasti also hosts monthly open mic and poetry night Fresh Lip.


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Born in Sierra Leone, Julianknxx is a poet, visual artist and filmmaker whose practice crosses the boundaries of written word, music and visual art. Through his practice Julianknxx explores themes of inheritance, loss, and belonging, and their effects on personal and interpersonal narratives.

Jess Murrain

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Jess Murrain is a performer, filmmaker, poet, creative facilitator and co-founder of ‘Theatre with Legs‘, an experimental theatre company. She has performed poetry and spoken word at Brainchild Festival, Latitude, Southbank’s Royal Festival Hall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Camden Roundhouse. Her poetry has appeared in various magazines and online journals including bath magg, Tentacular, Under the Radar and Magma. She won this year’s Ledbury Poetry Competition and is a member of the Southbank’s New Poets Collective. Her debut poetry pamphlet is forthcoming with Bad Betty Press.

Jolade Olusanya

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Jolade Olusanya is a poet, director and photographer raised across Nigeria and the UK.
He was the 3rd place winner of the Poetry London 2021 Poetry Prize, winner of the 2017 Outspoken London Performance Prize and Outspoken London Prize for Poetry Award. He was also a finalist in the 1st ever Young Poet Laureate for London in 2013. As a visual artist, he has created his own work and more globally for the likes of Canon, WeTransfer, FIFA, Red Bull Music, Channel 4 and more. He’s currently working on his debut book ‘we right here‘ spanning the last decade of his work as a photographer as well as a number of films.

Rhondda Rhiannon

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Rhondda Rhiannon is a London based filmmaker, writer and photographer. Rhondda moved from Bristol to London in 2015 to study drama and creative writing at Kingston University. Rhondda’s writing has appeared in online publications and she has performed her poetry at the Hayward Gallery, Sofar Sounds and the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre.

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