Lyrical Lunch with The Last Poets

Join Michelle Hubbard in conversation with The Last PoetsUmar Bin Hassan, Abiodun Oyewole and Donn Babatunde.

Catch a quick poem or two, find out about their process and journey in poetry, and take the opportunity to ask questions.

Modern day griots, fusing politically outspoken lyrics with inventive percussion – The Last Poets’ spoken word albums foreshadowed the work of hard-hitting rap groups such as Public Enemy. The Last Poets’ album (1970), is considered the first hip-hop album of all time, and This Is Madness (1971), landed them on President Nixon’s Counter-Intelligence Programming list!

‘The Last Poets are the birthplace of rap’ – Chuck D

Presented by Apples and Snakes, in association with Big White Shed and Writing East Midlands. There are a limited number of bursary places available – please contact

The Last Poets will also be performing at Peggy’s Skylight on Wednesday 27 March, 7pm.

Photo: Hollis King

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