Vanessa Kisuule

Bristol City Poet Handover

Vanessa Kisuule with Caleb Parkin and Marvin Rees

Festival of Ideas/
Wed 23 September 2020

Bristol City Poet Handover

Vanessa Kisuule with Caleb Parkin and Marvin Rees

Vanessa Kisuule
Wed 23 September 2020,

Tickets for this event are being sold in tables rather than individual tickets. Tables are available for groups of 2, 4 or 6 with a table of two costing £10 (£5 per person).

As Bristol’s second City Poet, Vanessa Kisuule has written and performed poems for a wide range of organisations and occasions including: the 100th anniversary of the Addison oak tree in Sea Mills; two State of the City addresses; St Paul’s Carnival; Every Child Needs Christmas; and the University of Bristol. She has run workshops in libraries, worked with children in care and distributed handwritten extracts of her poems around the city for residents to discover. She is increasingly a household name, with appearances on BBC Woman’s Hour and The New York Times, and with her poem Hollow, written in response to the toppling of the Colston statue, having gone viral around the world, receiving plaudits from writers including Malorie Blackman and Philip Pullman.

This special event, hosted by Marvin Rees, will mark the end of Vanessa’s term and the appointment of Caleb Parkin as the new Bristol City Poet. During a conversation with Professor Madhu Krishnan, Vanessa will perform and talk about some of her favourite commissions before Caleb reads his first official poem in this role.

This is a live, socially distanced event taking place in the new Foyer performance space at Bristol Old Vic. The audience will be seated at tables, cabaret-style. In order to maintain social distancing, tables are available for groups of 2, 4 or 6 people. You will book a table, rather than an individual ticket.

We are committed to keeping everyone safe and secure throughout the event. Attendees will be asked to wear face coverings for the duration of their time in the building. More information about how Bristol Old Vic will be keeping us safe can be found at https://bristololdvic.org.uk/safe 

Image of Vanessa Kisuule credit Ailsa Fineron

 

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