Apples and Snakes @ Uniqlo Tate Lates: Vanessa Kisuule

Writer, performer and burlesque artist, Vanessa Kisuule, reads from her second poetry collection A Recipe for Sorcery.

A Recipe for Sorcery (Burning Eye Books) is a recipe book for personhood that changes with the whim of the seasons and the political climate. This collection is a cathartic explosion, an unspooling of long-harboured resentment and a delving into ugly truths.  It is a feverish fistful of musings, a comedy of errors, an instruction manual, a broken compass and an overheard conversation in the ladies’ loo. It is at once a celebration of things to come and a mourning of things lost. It is a redefinition of what it is to be magical and otherworldly.

Vanessa will read from her work, followed by audience Q&A and book signing.

Vanessa Kisuule is a Bristol-based writer, performer, burlesque artist and general empress of blag. She has won over ten slam titles and has performed up and down the country and internationally. She has been featured on BBC iPlayer, Radio 1, and Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, The Guardian, Blue Peter, Sky TV, Don’t Flop and TEDx. Her debut poetry collection Joyriding The Storm was published in 2014 by Burning Eye Books. She was the recipient of The Jerwood Micro Arts Bursary in 2017 and the Leverhulme Arts Scholarship as part of the Bristol Old Vic Ferment programme. her one woman show, SEXY, toured nationally in 2018. She is the Bristol City Poet for 2018 – 2020.

Photo: Ailsa Fineron

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