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Inscribe members have been very busy already this year.
Zodwa Nyoni‘s play ‘Di Daarkes’ Part a Di Night’ was featured at the New Stages festival at the University of Leeds. Not content with having her work performed, Zodwa also co-directed the play with Joe Williams, and was Committee Chair at the festival.
Meanwhile, Afshan Lodhi‘s play The Lesborrist Tapes (written with Joshua Ferguson for LGBT History Month) was performed in Manchester last month, with acting by fellow Young Inscribe member Onyi Ekebuisi.
Monologues performed by Afshan, which are extracts from the play, were featured in Roundhouse Radio’s Queerhouse Radio show.
Adam Lowe also speaks and performs on the show, and one of his poems closes performance artist Scottee’s ‘After the Tone’ podcast (listen to show 4 and fastforward to the last 5 minutes). Adam is among 10 poets selected for the highly prestigious The Complete Works II, for which he will be mentored by Patience Agbabi.
Zodwa, Onyi and Adam also all have work included as part of West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Transform festival, with work exploring the market, photography and the slave trade, respectively. All three writers, along with Afshan Lodhi, were commissioned by imove for To Market, To Market: an ambitious, multidisciplinary project in Leeds Kirkgate Market last year, which fused spoken word, site-specific theatre, promenade performance and life writing in an innovative showcase of new work. The new website for the project, including an interactive storytelling map, is now live at http://www.2market-2market.co.uk.
Also as part of Transform, F-Words contributor and Inscribe associate Rommi Smith is working with musician Simon Beddoe and theatre-maker Pauline Mayers to tell Burmantofts Stories. (F-Words was an Inscribe project that commemorated the abolition of the slave trade.)
Khadijah Ibrahiim, one of the original members of Inscribe (or Inscribe Originals, as they are now known), will also be leading Leeds Young Authors in a spoken word event at The Bandstand.
Khadijah joined Zodwa and Adam at the second year of the Grammar School at Leeds’ successful poetry and spoken word festival for schools, Speak Up. All three led their teams on to win awards against other schools.