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2 April 2022
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
All ages welcome
Manchester Literature Festival
Join us for a night of storytelling, spoken word, DJs and live projection art, featuring Testament, Keisha Thompson, Sean Clarke and Amerah Saleh, with more to be announced. Suitable for ages 14+
Testament is an acclaimed rapper, playwright and world-record-holding beatboxer based in West Yorkshire. His work includes the Hip-Hop album Homecut: No Freedom Without Sacrifice, spoken word performances for radio and television and the celebrated play Black Men Walking (nominated for Best Play at The Writers Guild Awards 2019 & Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards 2020). His radio play The Beatboxer was nominated for the Imison Award at the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020. Testament was Channel 4 writer-in-residence at Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester and his show Orpheus In The Record Shop was broadcast on BBC Television in 2021 and is available on BBC iPlayer. Testament’s writing has been published in several anthologies and has been used as a teaching resource internationally.
Keisha Thompson is a Manchester-based writer, performance artist and producer. Keisha is the Senior Learning Programme Manager for The World Reimagined of Children, Chair of radical arts funding body, Future’s Venture Foundation, a MOBO x London Theatre Consortium Fellow and a member of Greater Manchester Cultural and Heritage Group, and recipient of The Arts Foundation Theatre Makers Award 2021.
Sean Clarke is a Digital Artist, who specialises in real-time audiovisual performance and lighting design. Skilled in tools such as Touchdisigner, Resolume and Notch, he creates, instals and operates bespoke AV shows for artists, venues and festivals. Residing in Manchester for over ten years, he has become a key figure in Manchesters’ digital art & DIY performance community, supporting the growth of artists by founding projects such as Test Card & DRIFT. Learn more at Sean’s website.
Amerah Saleh is a spoken word artist who mixes passion with fiery intelligence and an uncanny insight into what it is to be human. Championing the Birmingham Poetry scene, her writing and performance has been stunning audiences for quite some time. She is the co-founder of Verve Poetry Press and a Board Member at Apples & Snake. Amerah has performed all around Europe and has released her first collection, I Am Not From Here. Her work touches on identity, womanhood, religion and the obscure idea of belonging only to one place.
ABOUT MLF’S YOUNG PRODUCERS
Manchester Literature Festival’s Young Producers Programme provides 16-25-year-olds the opportunity to curate and deliver an event for MLF. Following a 6 month mentoring programme, they have been given a budget, support and guidance to help bring their event ideas to life. Our first cohort of Young Producers are using storytelling as a tool to collaborate in imagining the future they’d like to see, and are providing opportunities for upcoming artists to have an equal platform alongside established voices.
The Young Producers programme has been generously supported by funding from Postcode Community Trust and GMCA.
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