We are delighted to announce that Patience Agbabi has been shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for her poetry collection Telling Tales (Canongate, 2014).
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Throughout the year we are connecting writers to events and education work, and arranging collaborations with literary and music festivals, so contact us if you have an event or project you would like to discuss.
Kirsty Young's castaway is poet John Agard, who describes how when he arrived in England from Guyana in the mid-1970 he was already playing with words like some people play with musical notes. He says he believes that "the poet keeps us in touch with the vulnerable core of language that makes us what we are." Broadcast on 16 November 2014.
This BBC Radio 4 programme brings a flavour of the Caribbean to a winter's day.
June 1948. The Empire Windrush docks at Tilbury carrying 492 West Indian "citizens of the British Empire" and one of their spokesmen, a gently smiling Aldwyn Roberts sings a Calypso he wrote on the the voyage, 'London is the place for me, London, this lovely city...'. Presented by poet Anthony Joseph and produced by Allegra McIlroy for BBC Radio 4.
We are working with acclaimed poet PATIENCE AGBABI, whose new poetry collection, Telling Tales, is a brilliant retelling of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales for the 21st century, and is published by Canongate.
Click on the Telling Tales section of the site to read about Patience's upcoming events.
Pete The Temp is a Poet, a Lover, and a damn fine administrator! In his new multimedia stand up poetry show, Pete attempts to solve climate change using only his mouth! Will he succeed? The show tours up to November and is funded by Arts Council England.
London Is The Place For Me offered a Caribbean weekend festival of artists and raconteurs inspired by home, diaspora and personal stories, and all with a connection to the Caribbean. The line-up included Mervyn Morris, Kei Miller, Monique Roffey, John Agard, Jean 'Binta' Breeze, Thomas Glave, Abdul Malik, Tracie Morris (US), Anthony Joseph, Malika Booker, Women of Steel, Alexander D Great, Tobago Crusoe, Mangrove Steelband, Ian Dieffenthaller, Charlie Dark, Melanie Abrahams, Sureshot, Jamie Renton and more. Family friendly and offering performances, workshops and events for kids and adults, it was based at The Tabernacle, W11, one of the heartlands of the Caribbean community and was presented by renaissance one and Carnival Village in association with Tilt and Time To Change. Day Tickets £12.50 Weekend Ticket £20
We are thrilled to be collaborating on readings and tours with Jean 'Binta' Breeze, John Agard, Patience Agbabi, Mark Gwynne Jones, Pete Bearder and more. If you'd like to be kept informed, click on the JOIN THE MAILING LIST tab and sign up to receive our listings.
Award-winning poet Mark Gwynne Jones offers a new show for ages 7 to 107 that explores the magic and the possibilities of words.
Offering wild imaginings and exhilarating performance, he invites you to meet the boy with an eye on his index finger, learn to escape school by becoming a cat, and to make friends with a giant toad! Mark is presenting performances and workshops in the autumn and next spring. Contact renaissance one at hq[at]renaissanceone.co.uk if you are interested in a show coming to your area.
MOUTHY POETS is inviting you to play, collaborate, write and create on 19 July, with 50 young poets as your muse, and with special guest poet John Agard. Throughout the Nottingham Playhouse venue there will be workshops, scratch shows, interactive activities, a book binding session, and performances suitable for all ages. Event in association with renaissance one. An all-day ticket costs £14 (£10 concs).
Creative Salon offers a stimulating forum for all who work in, or are interested in, poetry and spoken word, whether you are a writer, artist, practitioner, producer, small business owner, agency, or have a newly created role. At our salon on 12 December, renowned poet LEMN SISSAY offered his insights and takes part in a Q & A with the audience.
As a special project developed for Sheffield's Off The Shelf Festival of Words, a talented group of local writers aged 15 to 21 years and leading poets Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE, Mark Gwynne Jones and Sureshot offered their personal take on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and wrote and presented new poems. The project was developed by renaissance one in partnership with Writing Yorkshire and Off The Shelf.
At the October 2013 Creative Salon the poet, publisher and rock star Jessica Care Moore, who was visiting England from Detroit, offered her insights on writing, performing and developing a career in spoken word and performance.
On 27 September, we presented a Benefit event for poet James Berry who celebrates 90 years of poetry, stories and song in 2014, through a remarkable line-up of nineteen poets, speakers and raconteurs including Roger McGough, Grace Nichols, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Ian McMillan, Alastair Niven, Andrew Motion, Michael Rosen, Myra Barrs and John Agard.
PAUL KEENS-DOUGLAS, the famed Trinidadian storyteller, raconteur and public speaker who is also the creator of the famous Carnival Talk Tent in Trinidad, performed for two nights as part of renaissance one and Tilt's summer series of literature at the Tabernacle.
The Royal Albert Hall, Tongue Fu and Renaissance One presents TONGUE FU, one of London’s liveliest spoken word nights, at the Elgar Room MOBO award-winning and Mercury Music Prize nominated saxophonist and MC SOWETO KINCH; performance poet and musician CHRIS REDMOND; one of Europe's leading storytellers, JAN BLAKE; and the TONGUE FU band.
Hannah Lowe’s first book of poems explores her father, a Chinese-black Jamaican migrant who disappeared at night to play cards or dice in London's old East End to support his family. 'Chick' was his gambling nickname.
In 2011 renaissance one teamed up with Vox Africa who produce the TV feature 'Shoot The Messenger', a Vox Africa magazine format show offering performance, insight and discussion, and hosted by Henry Bonsu. Together we developed three pilot TV arts segments showcasing innovative arts spanning the African continent and diaspora.
renaissance one, the British Library, the Eccles Centre and Tilt present AMIRI BARAKA.
Before the Beats there was Jazz poetry. Experience an unmissable visit by the world-renowned poet AMIRI BARAKA, a leading figure of the evolution of the spoken word genre, who has influenced politics, artistic practice and cultural change on an international scale. During this event, Baraka offered readings and performance from the rich collection of his work. The reading was preceded by a Q & A between Baraka and Dr Corinne Fowler on his career and influences.
Enjoy an evening of poetry, songs and readings marking the 50th birthday of Jamaica's independence and the publication of a major new anthology, Jubilation!
Two of the best-known Jamaican poets, MERVYN MORRIS and KWAME DAWES, were joined by writer JANETT PLUMMER, musician AYANNA and singer-songwriter KAY REMEDY, to reflect on the historical moment of independence and the years that have followed.
renaissance one and the British Library launched in London Out of Bounds, a new poetry anthology from Bloodaxe Books, and edited by Jackie Kay, James Procter and Gemma Robinson, that re-maps Britain through a dazzling range of Black and Asian poets and writers. With readings by acclaimed poets and writers JOHN AGARD, GRACE NICHOLS, DALJIT NAGRA and CAROL LEEMING.
London Is the Place For Me marked 50 years of Trinidad and Tobago independence at the Tricycle Theatre from Sunday 12 - Saturday 25 August, through a two week festival curated by Melanie Abrahams and Dominique Le Gendre.
As part of a month-long cultural festival hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission (TTHC), this two week happening offered some of T & T's finest artists, thinkers and shapers: EARL LOVELACE, DEBRA ROMAIN, PAUL KEENS-DOUGLAS, ALEXANDER D GREAT, MARTINA LAIRD, LAWRENCE SCOTT, MONIQUE ROFFEY, AMANDA SMYTH, ANTHONY JOSEPH, ROGER ROBINSON and a book launch of THE POEMS OF SAM SELVON.
The Bernie Grant Trust in association with Bernie Grant Arts Centre and renaissance one presented a reunion and commemoration of a quarter of a century of advancing political representation at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, featuring speeches and anecdotes by David Lammey, Keith Vaz, Diane Abbott, Dotun Adebayo and more, and entertainment responding to the theme of political and cultural activism with comedy by Shazia Mirza, poetry by Adisa and music by calypsonian Alexander D Great and the Ken Rowe Band.
In 2015 we will continue to support our roster of writers which includes Patience Agbabi, John Agard, Mark Gwynne Jones and Michael Brome through setting up education work and events.
We're organising events around the UK for some outstanding international and UK-based writers so get in touch if you would like us to arrange a writer for your event.
Patience tours England in the autumn as part of her Telling Tales tour, take a look at the range of festivals and events she will be appearing at here
John Agard is an award-winning Guyanese poet, playwright, and writer of children's books. From 2012 - 2013 he was a recipient of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. He has won numerous awards and his poems have been featured in the English GCSE anthology since 2002 meaning that many students study his work for their GCSE qualification. A former Writer in Residence at the South Bank Centre and a BBC Poet in Residence, Agard tours around the world to give readings and talks. As an author of many collections of poetry including We Brits, Alternative Anthem and Clever Backbone his latest poetry collection, Travel Light Travel Dark, was published last year and will be launched on 25 October at the Tabernacle, W11.
RENAISSANCE ONE is a production and artists’ agency that fosters the best talent in literature and spoken word.
Our roster of exclusive clients, and associate artists and practitioners, is drawn from the most articulate and passionate in writing, performance and ideas today.
Because we sign up only the most exciting artists our small, focused company can work closely with them to foster connections and develop talents to build a long-lasting career in the arts.
Because we sign up only the most exciting artists our small, focused company can work closely with them to foster connections and develop talents to build a long-lasting career in the arClick here to see the range of writers and performers we have worked with over the years.