Enjoy a night of rhyming and rice and peas with Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger alongside a menu of performers chosen for their wit, wisdom and ability to move you. For all lingual lovers, slammers, singers and rappers, this spoken word explosion is presented as a dining experience – with a set menu of performers. The evening will have an open mic at the start and a distinctly relaxed Caribbean feel with a delicious meal.
This event is co-presented by Toronto Poetry Project, IFOA and the British Council Canada.
Dean Atta is a poet from London, UK. His debut collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, published by the Westbourne Press, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. He was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday Pink List. He has performed across the UK and internationally. He has been commissioned to write poems for BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, Dazed & Confused, Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern. He is currently working on his second collection The Black Flamingo.
Deanna Rodger is an international writer, performer and facilitator. She co-curates two leading spoken word events: Chill Pill and Come Rhyme With Me and is on the board of Safe Ground. Commissions include: Now We Are Here (Young Vic), Women Who Spit (BBC IPlayer) and Buckingham Palace (NYT). Accolades include: ELLE UK’s '30 inspirational women under 30', The Female Lead’s '20 in their 20s' and youngest UK Poetry Slam Champion (2007/8). She has performed in different places around the world including Mexico, Canada, Beirut, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Sudan. She teaches the Writing Poetry for Performance module with Benjamin Zephaniah at Brunel University. Her debut collection 'I Did It Too' is published by Burning Eye.