Poet and Playwright Inua Ellams

Poet and Playwright Inua Ellams

Issued: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 09:31:00 GMT

Inua EllamsMonday 19 March
1 – 2 PM University Chapel
Free & Open to the Public

Born in Nigeria in 1984, Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer.

He is an ambassador for the Ministry of Stories and has published four books of poetry: ‘Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars’, ‘Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales’ 'The Wire-Headed Heathen' and '#Afterhours'.

His first play ‘The 14th Tale’ was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and his fourth ‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ sold out its run at England’s National Theatre.

He is currently touring 'An Evening With An Immigrant' and working on ‘The Half God of Rainfall’ – a new play in verse.

In graphic art & design, online and in print, he tries to mix the old with the new, juxtaposing texture and pigment with flat shades of colour and vector images. He lives and works from London, where he founded the Midnight Run, a nocturnal urban excursion. He won the Liberty Human Rights Award 2017. 

As part of the on-going Creative Conversation speaker series, poet Inua Ellams comes to campus to chat about his writing. Bring your lunch and burning questions!