SEPTEMBER'S GUEST AT WRITE ANGLE
Tolu Agbelusi, Nigerian British playwright and lawyer is also a Performance Poet with a commanding, powerful presence, and heart-felt voice that doesn't shy away from difficult subjects.
The candour of her work currently has her making waves, on the London performance scene. Tolu's confidence in performing her work produces a natural humour as well as pathos. She has a wonderful grasp of language and conveys imagery effortlessly, addressing the unperformed self, and the art of living – she's accessible, but with profound depth, She'll compel you with her story-telling skills!
Tolu was Listed (2017) both, as one of the 'Best British Writers of Colour' by Speaking Volumes, and long listed for the inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships. She's performed widely including London's Southbank 'WOW Festival 2017' with her project, 'Conversations with my Sisters' and as finalist at the BBC Ed Fringe Poetry Slam.
She was one of the headline poets at SDPF, St Paul's Cathedral, Poet in Residence at Postman's Park with the Poetry School, London Parks and Gardens and she performed widely from the South Bank in London to the Nuyorcan Cafe, in New York.
In 2016, Tolu was awarded 2 Art’s Council grants to produce the 'Home is' project, a poetry based, cross-arts exploration of home and displacement involving interviews, workshops, a poetry-play and a visual arts exhibition that showcased animation, dance, documentary and illustration, all in collaboration with poetry. Tolu showcased her writing, performance, curatorial, production and facilitation skills through this process. The play Ilé La Wà, Tolu’s debut multi-hander received rave reviews from theatre critics. It will be touring shortly.
Building on the project, she launched 'HomeSessions', a seasonal 3 month poetry program for writers of colour under the age of 30. She also facilitates writing sessions on demand, most recently as Associate Artist for 3ff on their young people’s manifesto project, leading a workshop at the Southdown Poetry Festival and as a guest speaker at King’s College London.
A Callaloo Fellow, Tolu's been published internationally including 'in Brittle Paper' and in 'After Ferguson, In Solidarity!, an anthology published by Mourning Glory. Her poems will also be featured in the upcoming Fall publication by 'Pittsburgh Poetry Review'.
“Stunning” (BBC EdFring SHAM finals 2017),
“Blown away by Tolu” (Forked Theatre),
"She'll be in the history books that educate our children...she's simply sensational.” (Kevine J Francis),
"A riveting performance capturing the essence/reality of a young black woman's life journey.” (Hayley and Kenny re Word4Word feature),
"Uses words to tell a story and demonstrates an ability to draw the audience into the world of her story" (Iphie Modu),
"The Journey to who I am' poem is a work of art, ...You are an inspiration." (L.W),
“Your word4word feature was awesome. you spoke in a way that connected with so many people.”
This isn't Tolu's first visit with Write Angle and she was invited back by audience request. We know you'll love her so here's hoping you set the date aside (Tuesday 19th September) and come along for a good evening of fun and poignant poetry.
Don't forget to bring your own poetry and music as well. Our Open Mic wouldn't be the same without you!
There'll also be a raffle for two free meals at 'Cotes', a French-style restaurant in Chichester.
Here's looking forward to seeing you!