Inua Ellams is an award winning poet, playwright and performer; a writer with a style influenced by classic literature and hip hop, by Keats as it is by MosDef. Rooted in a love for rhythm and language, he crosses 18th century romanticism and traditional story telling with contemporary diction, loose rhythm and rhyme.
2009 saw the debut of his first play - The 14th Tale, which toured nationally, scooping a prestigious Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before returning to London for a sold-out run at the Cottesloe, National Theatre. His 2nd play ‘Untitled’ toured nationally for 30 dates including 2 weeks at Soho Theatre in October 2010.
Inua fell for visual art as a child and strove for such a career, until writing in his late teens; he works as a graphic designer / Visual artist as such describes himself as a ‘Word & Graphic Artist’. Both art forms combined, his client list includes: The Royal Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, The National Theatre, BAC, Roundhouse, Soho Theatre, British Council, BBC Radio 1 through to 4, BBC Tv, The Mayor of London, East London Dance, Luis Vuitton, TATE Modern & Britain and the South Bank Centre to name a few.
As a workshop facilitator, he has worked in universities, secondary, primary, theatres, libraries & youth offenders programs delivering prose or poetry workshops (often combined with visual art as a stimulus).