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    20:00 - A Toast to the People: Francesca Beard and Rafeef Ziadah

    A Toast to the People: Francesca Beard and Rafeef Ziadah

    Francesca Beard and Rafeef Ziadah offer an electric night of performance poetry and spoken word. Both have a strong human-focused repertoire of work, which promises to get audiences thinking about ourselves, our place in the world and our relationship to.

    Francesca Beard is a performance poet whose research-informed work is inspired by emerging knowledge about ourselves and the universe. She is a current Associate Artist with All Change and was previously poet-in-residence at The Barbican, BBC White City and The Tower of London, amongst others. Her stories about what it means to be human touch a raw nerve and she has represented contemporary UK literature with the British Council in 23 different countries, from Azerbaijan to Bangkok and Zimbabwe.

    Beard is joined by Rafeef Ziadah, a Palestinian spoken word artist and human rights activist based in London. Her live readings are a blend of poetry and music and she has released three albums to date, most recently the stirring Three Generations, a personal ode to Palestine and the themes of defiance and survival. Ziadah’s specially commissioned work promises a powerful finale to the event.

    A Toast to the People is a series of five events, produced by the Book Festival in partnership with the Edinburgh International Festival. Each brings together two spoken word artists, each performing their own work, and includes a specially commissioned piece inspired by Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson’s ‘A Toast to the People’. After their performance, the artists take part in an exclusive discussion about their work. A Toast to the People events take place at the Edinburgh International Festival’s Old College Quad venue. For more information and tickets:

    20:00 - A Toast to the People: Francesca Beard and Rafeef Ziadah