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Blackbox: Dizraeli ‘Cool and Calm’

Poet, producer, MC and multi-instrumentalist, Dizraeli is a genre all of his own. In the past few years, having composed the soundtrack for parallel-universe drama Tripped on E4, won the BBC Poetry Slam Championship and led the groundbreaking band Dizraeli & The Small Gods to underground success, he has built himself a cult following around Europe and played to audiences of thousands around the world.

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Blackbox: Cecilia Knapp ‘I Used to eat KFC Zingers Without Hating Myself’

Cecilia Knapp is a poet, playwright and novelist and the 2020 Young People’s Laureate for London. She has shared her writing extensively in the UK and internationally. She’s a former resident artist at The Roundhouse and a Ted X speaker. She was shortlisted for the 2020 Outspoken poetry prize and the 2020 Rebecca Swift Foundation Women’s Prize.

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Blackbox: Timotei Cobeanu ’22’

Timotei Cobeanu is a Romanian-born British actor and writer. Timotei recently played Romeo in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, while his poetic one-man show ‘If Mouth Could Speak’ saw a sold-out run at London’s CLF Art Cafe in Peckham. His poetry often speaks about London, immigration, romance and climate change.

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Blackbox: Dean Atta ‘I Come From’

Dean was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize for his debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger. His poems have been anthologised by Bad Betty Press, Emma Press, Stripes Publishing and Team Angelica. Dean was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. He regularly performs across the UK and internationally.

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Blackbox: ‘Rallying Cry Part 1’ Zena Edwards

Raised in Tottenham, Zena Edwards is one the most unique performance poets to come out of London.  She has two one-woman shows, Security (2009) and Travelling Light (2011), which both toured internationally to critical acclaim.

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Blackbox: ‘Negative Space’ Keisha Thompson

Keisha Thompson is a Manchester based writer, performance artist and producer. Her work has been presented at high profile venues and platforms such as Tate Modern, Blue Dot Festival and the British Council Showcase in Edinburgh. She is currently touring award-winning solo show, Man on the Moon.

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Blackbox: Isaiah Hull ‘Algebra’

Isaiah Hull is one of the Roundhouse/Radio 1 Extra finalists in 2015 at the age of 18, having participated in Wordcup, a national youth slam run by Apples and Snakes. He is a member of the young writers collective, Young Identity, which was formed in Moss Side to encourage young adults and teenagers to express themselves through poetry.

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Blackbox: Laurie Bolger ‘Her Indoors’

Laurie Bolger is currently touring her show Talking to Strangers and debut poetry collection Box Rooms (Burning Eye Books). Laurie’s work has featured on Sky Arts, various BBC platforms, and for TATE. Laurie is a member of BANG Said the Gun, London’s leading standup poetry night at Soho Theatre.

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Blackbox: Marv Radio ‘Channeling’

Marv Radio is known for his out-of-this-world live music and theatre shows where he combines beatboxing, live looping, singing and rap to make high energy motivational hip hop.

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Blackbox: Rowan McCabe ‘Deer in a Licence Plate Shop’

Rowan McCabe is a poet from Newcastle upon Tyne, he’s performed on stages around the country, from the Edinburgh Fringe to Glastonbury Festival. His work has been featured in the Guardian, on BBC Breakfast and was commissioned by Radio 3’s ‘The Verb’. He’s the world’s first Door-to-Door Poet read more about his work at rowanthepoet.com

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Blackbox: Connor Byrne ‘On Holy Saturday’

Connor Byrne is a poet and performer from Brighton. They write and perform poetry focusing on ideas of gender and relationships. Connor participated in Writing Room, Apples and Snakes skills development programme for emerging performance poets. They have self published two pamphlets, Borrowed Robes and Parts and Places, and regularly compete in slams.

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Blackbox: Rue Gumbochuma ‘Stay Strong Black Girl’

Rue Gumbochuma is a Zimbabwe born poet and storyteller. Currently based in London, she has found a balance between poetry and music, combining both to explore the human condition. She has performed at The Roundhouse and BAFTA and her work has been published in an anthology SISTA written by queer women of African and Caribbean descent.