Tonight in London (24th April) The Moth Podcast launch ALL THESE WONDERS. It is a book of Moth Podcast stories with a forward by yours truly. The previous Moth included a forward by Neil Gaiman so I’m in seriously good company. I am a fan of The Moth.
I can’t be at The Moth tonight because I will be with Benjamin Zephaniah doing a pre play discussion at 6.30pm. The play is Refugee Boy written by myself, adapted from Benjamin’s wildly successful novel and performed by Chickenshed Theatre 19th April – 13th May.
This week it was also announced that I’ll feature in 2017 proms at The royal Albert Hall. As part of the UK’s first Black orchestra Chineke! Hannah Kendall takes inspiration from my poem The Spark Catchers with a piece of the same name. Find out about the poem here.
It’ll be the third time I’ve featured at The Proms. The first was a concerto “For the living” inspired by my poem Advice For The Living. It was a BBC Commission written by Fraser Trainer and featured violinist Viktoria Mulova in 2005. The Second time I co-presented Ten Pieces for BBC in 2016 with Bafta Award winning presenter Naomi Wilkinson .
This week it’s announced that I’m Trustee of The Foundling Museum It is a great honour.
I can also announce the beginning of my three year tenure as laureate for Canterbury. it will officially begin at The Wise Words festival next week.
At wisewords I’ll be giving a dramatic reading of Something Dark. It is a play about my life which will tour as a dramatic reading later this year to celebrate its inclusion on the national curriculum and publication by Oberon Books.
My instalation Warrior Poets will return to Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. Warrior poets are poems by young people in care (including refugees) created through workshops with a magnificent woman called Joelle Taylor. From these poems I have curated an exhibition alongside brilliant artists. It is a powerful celebration of unity and intimacy. The primary aim is that the poems perform without the poets. Canterbury is one hour from London. I am really proud of this piece of work which will be coming to The Southbank Centre.
In six days time The report will be at The Royal Court featuring Broadchurch star Julie Hesmondhalgh and myself.
Finally I can announce this week that I will perform some dates – not all – with Leftfield on their upcoming tour which begins in May. I wrote and recorded “21st Century Poem” on their era defining album Leftism. The poem is more relevant now than it was then. This is the first time I’ve been asked to perform with Leftfield in 17 years.
Am I nervous about The report ? It will be an incredible experience. It sold out in 24 hours. The Royal Court Theatre will be magical. I only wish I was in the audience.