Canary Wharf's 'Poets' Corner' Gives A Platform To Young Black Poets

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Canary Wharf's 'Poets' Corner' Gives A Platform To Young Black Poets
Three young poets holding books sit on a set of steps
Sarah Aluko, Jolada Olusanya and Theresa Lola are three of the poets performing.

A 'Poets' Corner' sets up shop in Canary Wharf's Crossrail Place Roof Garden this month, giving a platform to young Black poets.

Free 30-minute poetry recitals will be performed by:

  • Young People's Laureate Theresa Lola, and 'The Midnight Run' founder Inua Ellams (8 Oct)
  • T.S. Eliot Prize winner and Malika's Poetry Kitchen co-founder, Roger Robinson (15 Oct)
  • The multi-talented Joladé Olusanya, who is also a filmmaker and photographer (19 Oct)
  • Nigerian-British author Sarah Aluko, whose poetry reaches tens of thousands on Instagram (22 Oct)

Each performance starts at 1pm and is free to watch, on a first-come-first-served basis. In the spirit of Hyde Park's Speakers' Corner, the short sessions also invite audience members to perform their own poem, rap or story.

While you're there, be sure to help yourself to a print out of one of the poems from the Short Story Stations 'vending machines', which dispense free ultra-short literature.

Poets' Corner, Crossrail Place Roof Garden , Canary Wharf, 8, 15, 19, 22 October, FREE.

Last Updated 04 October 2022