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    20:00 - A Toast to the People: Jay Bernard and Jefferson Tshabalala

    A Toast to the People: Jay Bernard and Jefferson Tshabalala

    Join Jay Bernard and Jefferson Tshabalala for an electric night of performance poetry and spoken word. Expect this spoken word event by two of today’s most exciting young performers to be nothing short of compelling.

    Jay Bernard is a writer and inter-disciplinary artist whose rigorous and impactful work is rooted in social history. Their debut collection Surge won the 2017 Ted Hughes Award and they were named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 2020. Bernard introduces their specially commissioned work, which will be performed by another performer, before taking part in the event’s discussion session.

    Jefferson Tshabalala is a South African writer, director, performer and founder/owner of the live arts production house Kiri Pink Nob Arts. Tshabalala merges poetry, hip hop, comedy and traditional dramatic arts to communicate innovative and experimental work that focuses on Black experiences and culture. He is one of the winners of the 2020 Standard Bank Young Artists award, one of South Africa’s most sought-after arts prizes.

    A Toast to the People is a series of five events, produced by the Book Festival in partnership with Edinburgh International Festival. Each brings together two spoken word artists, 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: https://www.eif.co.uk/whats-on/category/spoken-word-performance

    20:00 - A Toast to the People: Jay Bernard and Jefferson Tshabalala