This March, Raise the Bar invite a double-bill of headliners with acclaimed writers and performers Rob Auton and Dominic Berry.
There will also be an OPEN MIC with ten spaces available only so please arrive promptly when doors open if you would like to sign up.
Theresa is a 22 year old London-based, Nigerian British poet, a member of the Octavia women of colour collective, and the current (2017) UK National Slam Champion! Having become her regional Hammer & Tongue slam winner for Hackney months earlier, she amazed the audience with a jaw-dropping performance at this year’s final at the Royal Albert Hall to earn the crown of national champ!
She has appeared more recently on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour to talk about her poetry and written a televised piece for Nationwide’s poetry campaign. Theresa is a Barbican Young Poet from the 2015-16 programme and was also shortlisted for the 2015 Outspoken Poetry Prize, was one of the winners of the 2016 Magic Oxygen Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the 2016 London Magazine Poetry Prize.
Her writing, which has been published in various forms, is of an incredibly high standard, yet it is a gift matched by her spellbinding performance and moving delivery. Her work touches on important societal issues yet is experimental and creative in its form, often taking a different narrative perspective to her own and providing a voice for others through the vehicle of her poems.
Bohdan is a performance poet from Poland, currently living in Birmingham. In 2003, he started the first poetry slam series in his country, introducing Poles to spoken word and creating a new platform for a whole generation of performers. Since then, he has gone on to represent Poland at the Poetry World Cup, where he was the only European poet to reach the finals, and was the artist in residence at the European Poetry Slam Days in Berlin. Bohdan is Lead Artist for the Roundhouse Poetry Collective. He holds a doctorate in Translation Studies from the University of Warwick, and is a regular Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London, and the Midlands co-ordinator for Apples and Snakes, the UK’s biggest spoken word poetry network.
His poetry is warm, gentle, exquisitely crafted and beautifully performed, and he is undoubtedly one of the most inspirational and influential figures in UK spoken word both on and off the stage.