Bristol City Poets

In conversation with Bristol’s City Poets

Vanessa Kisuule and Caleb Parkin

Festival of Ideas Online/
Wed 23 September 2020
17:00-17:45
Crowdcast
Free Admission

In conversation with Bristol’s City Poets

Vanessa Kisuule and Caleb Parkin

Bristol City Poets
Wed 23 September 2020,
17:00-17:45
Crowdcast
Free Admission

This is a Festival of Ideas Online event and will take place on our Crowdcast platform. It will also be live-streamed to Facebook. You can find out more about how this works in our blog.

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 online event follows the formal handover from 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 and Caleb will talk together about the difference that poetry makes to a city. Vanessa will perform and talk about some of her favourite commissions and Caleb will read his first official poem in this role.

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