We are thrilled to be working with Brighton Museum on a special weekend of literary activity (28-29 October 2016) inspired by its current exhibition, Fashion Cities Africa, including an evening event and a creative writing workshop.

On Friday 28 October, we are running a special Late Event at the museum, Passion for Fashion, presenting tales and poetry from Kenya, South African and Nigeria. Be prepared for chilled out live music, cocktail concoctions, live literature and a DJ social at the end to catch up with friends and others.

Tickets only £5 advance or on the door. Cash bar. Fun guaranteed!

On Saturday 29 October, we are running a one-day creative workshop for writers of all levels to get inspired by fashion, culture and design from Africa, with the view to creating new writing and a zine to take home.

Tickets are £30, includes lunch, refreshments and other nice things.

For further information, please see below or on Facebook: Passion for Fashion Creative Writing Workshop

To book, see the museum website or booking ticket office on brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/plan-your-visit/buy-tickets-online/

Passion for Fashion: An evening of tales from Africa

Friday 28 October, 7-10pm
Brighton Museum

£5, members £4

After hours fun as Brighton Museum stays open for Museums at Night. Relax with a drink and listen to new stories and poetry by writers inspired by the role fashion has played on their lives. See the Fashion Cities Africa exhibition and get a closer look at some of the objects from the Museum’s Africa collection.

Includes live music, DJ from African Night Fever and paybar

Writers include:

  • Leeto Thale (South Africa) – poet & spoken word artist
  • Ken N. Kamoche (Kenya) – writer & poet
  • Rounke Williams (Nigeria) – storyteller

Advance tickets available from Brighton Museum website or box office http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/plan-your-visit/buy-tickets-online/

Leeto Thale is a published poet, a spoken word artist and a freelance writer whose writing predominantly covers art and social commentary. He also works as a singer/songwriter and has just had work released through Trebleo, a music label headed by the illustrious Dj Domu, on his Discotech album.

His latest performance at WOMAD has certainly earned him a place among the crop of poets and spoken artists, who have embraced the idea of incorporating poetry into popular culture, while preserving that essential element of treating poetry as a tool of enlightenment.

Leeto is currently the resident poet at the Arc Gallery, and he is using this platform to cultivate the synergy between art and poetry, while allowing artists to share with each other their source of inspiration. He has been part of ‘Conversations’, a project now in its second year, where dance, poetry, music and visuals are brought together, to explore and demonstrate the sensibility that is possible when artists fully open their work to each other – and inspiring mix of entertainment and development.

Leeto regularly features at the African Writers Evening, held bi-monthly at the Poetry Cafe, both as a poet and a fiction writer. Stemming from his intercontinental experience; the wittiness and the warmth of his stage presence, this poet has enjoyed numerous invitations to compere and host events. ‘Components’- a monthly multi-media cultural event which includes fashion, spoken word, music and traditional ‘foods – is among his success stories as a host’. Polka Theatre, a children’s theatre company has invited him to work with them in the area of story telling, focusing on South African stories.

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Ken N. Kamoche was born and raised in Kenya. He studied commerce at the University of Nairobi and management at Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is an academic, journalist, and writer of fiction. Kamoche’s collection of short stories, A Fragile Hope (Salt, 2007) was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Best First Book Award. His other stories have appeared in various anthologies, including Hong Kong ID, Dreams,Miracles and Jazz, One World, and New Writing from Africa 2009, as well as several magazines. Kamoche has also been a columnist for Kenyan newspapers. He currently lives in the United Kingdom. His new novel, True Warriors, was first published as a short story in Crossing Borders, a British Council magazine.

Fashion Cities Africa – creative writing workshop

Saturday 29 October, 10am-4pm
Brighton Museum

£30 – includes lunch + refreshments + zine to take away

Using Fashion Cities Africa as inspiration, explore your personal relationship with fashion through creative writing and create a ‘zine’ to take home. Bring your own photographs or images as inspiration.

12 spaces maximum

Advance tickets available from Brighton Museum website or box office http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/plan-your-visit/buy-tickets-online/

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