Renowned performance poet joins festival line-up

Poet Inua Ellams
Poet Inua Ellams

POET and playwright Inua Ellams will perform at St Leonards’ new venue, The Garage, as part of Hastings Storytelling Festival.

One of the leading lights in spoken word performance, his London shows are often sold out.

On Wednesday, November 13, at 7.30pm, he will appear at The Garage, accessed through the Horse and Groom pub, in Mercatoria.

Born in Jos, Nigeria, in 1984, Inua moved to Britain as a boy. Rooted in a love for rhythm and language, his work crosses 18th century romanticism and traditional story telling with contemporary diction and musicality.

His past performances include the London Word Festival, the Tate Modern, The British Museum, and the Royal Opera House.

Mandy Curtis of 18Hours, who programmed the event for the Hastings Storytelling Festival, said: “Inua is a rare talent, who works on inspiring projects around the world.”

Tickets are £6 on the door or in advance from the Tourist Information Centre, in Breeds Place, or SHOP, in Norman Road.

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On November 14, Inua will lead a free sea-themed writing workshop from 4pm to 6pm at the University of Brighton in Hastings Creativity Suite.

Places for this are allocated on a first come, first served basis.