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Joe Hakim

Joe Hakim

It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it…


Joe Hakim is a writer, poet and spoken word performer from Hull.

In 2008 he was selected to take part in Apples and Snakes’ pioneering 'Incubate' scheme. He has had residencies at Contact in Manchester, Birmingham REP and Battersea Arts Centre and the Shunt Vault, both in London. He has also had residencies with The Crossing Borders project in Mytholmroyd and Hyperlexic presents: Poetry Boxing in North Shields.

He performed at the Poetry Arena at Latitude Festival 2008/ 2009 and the Words and Motion tent at Big Chill 2010, and has had support slots with various poets and spoken word performers including Ian McMillan and John Cooper Clarke.

At the culmination of the Incubate process, he conceived and performed in ‘Guerrilla Poetry Project’ at BAC in May 2009, collaborating with fellow performers Mike Watts, Patrizia Paolini and video artist Emma Hart.

He is the co-organiser and host of 'Write to Speak', and devised a series of workshops for new and emerging poets leading to a series of events that were part of the Larkin 25 festival in 2010. He also organised and hosted a spoken word stage as part of Hull’s Freedom Festival in 2010 and 2011.   
His debut collection ‘No Light/ Might Escape’ is published by Night Publishing.

He is currently working with Greyscale theatre and Hull Truck theatre as part of their ‘Bulb’ project to develop a play that will debut in October 2012 as part of Greyscale’s ‘Theatre Brothel’ tour. 


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