Upcoming performances and workshops

  • 05/02/14, 7pm, ‘Poets In Protest’- performance and discussion with Kate Adams, Dr Caroline Rooney Alia’ Afif Kawalit, Hubert Moore and Ruhul, hosted by co-editor Laila Sumpton, University of Kent.  http://bit.ly/Nugazo  

  • 14/02/14, 6:30 - 9:30pm, Late Night Keats - Valentine's, An unusual Valentine's evening in one of London’s most romantic houses. Enjoy music, games and bubbly in this beautiful Regency House.  Go on a torch-lit tour exploring Keats’s poetry, romance and heartbreak. This evening’s poetry readings with Laila Sumpton will take on the more surreal side of love poetry. An event for lovers of life and literature – adults only. £8 (includes a glass of bubbly). Booking essential; book online at Eventbrite.

  • 16/02/14, 1pm - 4pm, Family Day: Curious Creatures, Join poet Laila Sumpton to explore your animal character and create a fun story to share. Family Day at Keats House offers activities and inspiration for families of all ages on the third Sunday of every month. Children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE - drop in.  http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/attractions-around-london/keats-house/Pages/What%27s-on.aspx   
  • 05/03/14, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, ‘Black Feminists presents… POwErTRY Collective’- poetry performance as part of the Women of the World Festival with Anna Lau, Bridget Minamore, Kaddish Morris, Selina Nwulu, Chimene Sulleyman, Laila Sumpton, Belinda Zwahi, One of My Kind and group performance organised by Shilpa Shah,  Blue Bar, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre,  www.blackfeminists.org http://bit.ly/1k659CF     

  • 07/03/14, 9am – 4:30pm, ‘Sisters Are Doing it for Themselves’ the London Metropolitan Archives annual International Women’s Day conference, £10.
o   3:15pm – 4:30pm, 3.15pm ‘Girls Rights and Creative Campaigning: Presentation and performance from Laila Sumpton- poet and campaigner, who has been working with Plan UK supporting young girls rights campaigners and helped produce poetry anthology, In Protest: 150 poems for Human Rights’ with the Keats House Poets and the University of London’s Human Rights Consortium.   http://bit.ly/1jk43mb

  •  08/03/14, 1.30-4.30pm, Creative Campaigning: Writing for Women's Rights, Join poet Laila Sumpton on International Women's Day for a creative workshop exploring how we can use poetry as a campaign tool to highlight gender equality and women's rights issue using news stories and human rights law as inspiration. In partnership with Spread the Word, £8/10, Keats House, Hampstead.  http://bit.ly/1foPcVS
  •  08/03/14, 6-7.30pm, In Protest - Writing Women's Rights, Join Keats House Poets Laila Sumpton and Anthony Hett for a performance of poetry readings on the theme of women’s and girls’ rights from the University of London’s Human Rights Poetry Anthology, now available in print and as a free download. FREE, Keats House, Hampstead. http://bit.ly/1c4q2vn   
  • 09/03/14, 7:00pm – 7:30pm, 'Poetry In Protest', A powerful performance of contemporary war poetry published in 'In Protest: 150 poems for human rights' about conflicts ranging from the Spanish Civil War to Syria. Hosted by co-editor and poet Laila Sumpton and featuring performances from Eamonn Lynskey, David Lee Morgan, Jasmine Heydari, Samuel Tongue, Esther Kamkar and David J Costello, FREE, The Stanza International Poetry Festival, The Byre Studio Theatre, St Andrews, Scotland.http://bit.ly/1j4V9GC  Stanza Festival Blog- http://bit.ly/1fPEwKX  
  • 10/03/14, 1pm - 2pm, Poetry In Protest, Eamonn Lynskey, Jasmine Heydari, Esther Kamkar and David J Costello perform and discuss their poems from ‘In Protest- 150 poems for human rights’ with co-editor Laila Sumpton, FREE, Garden Seminar Room, School of English, University of St Andrews, Scotland.   
  • 16/03/14, 4:30pm – 6pm, In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights, Stories and personal experiences that inspired the poems published in In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights. Poets published in the anthology Sai Murray, Mantz Yorke, Sue Wood and Richy Campbell join editor Laila Sumpton to read their work and talk about the challenges and motivations of writing about human rights. Includes an audience Q&A. £3 (£1.50 conc), Huddersfield Literary Festival, http://www.litfest.org.uk/?q=diary   

  • 20/03/14, 5pm – 7pm, Open-mic and Performance Poetry, A night to raise awareness of imprisoned and executed land rights activists, bloggers, journalists and writers, featuring a performance by poet and editor Laila Sumpton . University of East London English PEN Student Group, http://uelenglishpen.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/event

  • 23/03/14, 2pm –  4pm, Animating the Word: Playing Poetry,  Live performances of traditional and contemporary poetry put to musical melody as well as poetry and musical compositions from upcoming contemporary artists. FREE, Keats House, Hampstead, http://on.fb.me/1hlDgTp  http://bit.ly/1hu20rA 
  • 26/03/14, 8:15pm, Politics and Art: The Role of the Arts in Promoting Human Rights and Exposing Injustices, The launch of Lacuna Magazine where a panel chaired by Jon Snow and composed of editor Andrew Williams, IceandFire artistic director Christine Bacon, editor and poet Laila Sumpton and photographer and disability rights campaigner Lesley McIntyre, will discuss the role of the arts in promoting human rights and social justice issues. Frontline Club, Paddington, £12.50 bit.ly /1gwcyaS  
  •  30/03/14, 2pm - 4pm, Keats House Poets Present… An afternoon of poetry and spoken word with performances from the Keats House Poets and this month's headliner Indigo Williams - poet, film maker, educator and curator of 'I Shape Beauty', which has been featured on TedX and BBC London Radio. Plus the much loved open mic! FREE, Keats House, Hampstead, http://bit.ly/1fn30uj  

  • 15/04/14, 10am – 12:30pm, Free Speech Poetry Workshop, Laila Sumpton leads a creative writing workshop about censorship and freedom of speech, drawing on stories of imprisoned writers and poetry from ‘In Protest- 150 poems for human rights’. Chiltern Quaker House, High Wycombe.  http://www.quakers-chilterns-area.org.uk/jordans_main.htm
  • 24/04/14, 7:30pm – 9:00pm, Poetry and Protest, A night of poetry, music and discussion on how literature and activism can come together with poets James Byrne, Sophie Mayer, Laila Sumpton, Richard Tyrone-Jones and Sonority Turner. Rich Mix, Bethnal Green.    

  • 12/05/14, 7:30pm, Exiled Writers INK Lit Café: In Protest, Join poets published in ‘In Protest- 150 poems for human rights’ as they perform and explore their work, hosted by editor and poet Laila Sumpton.  Poetry Café,  London. http://www.exiledwriters.co.uk/