A Toast to the People: Vanessa Kisuule and Safiya Sinclair
Join Vanessa Kisuule and Safiya Sinclair for an electric night of performance poetry and spoken word from two award-winning artists. Bristol-based Vanessa Kisuule is a writer and performer who has won over ten slam titles, including The Roundhouse Slam 2014, and has featured on radio and TV. She was Glastonbury Festival’s Resident Poet in 2019 and her recent poem on the historic toppling of Edward Colston’s statue, Hollow, went viral, gaining over 600,000 views on Twitter in three days. Kisuule is currently working on an essay collection and her debut novel.
Kisuule is joined by Safiya Sinclair, a writer working across poetry, fiction and memoir. Sinclair’s writing is political and rooted in her childhood in Jamaica, where she was born and raised. She is a winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Poetry and the Phillis Wheatley Book Award, amongst others. Her poetry collection Cannibal was selected as one of the American Library Association’s Notable Books of the Year.
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