29th October 2017 Power lines

Power Lines on BBC Radio 4

Wire Free Productions has created a new 3 part series on Spoken Word Poetry for BBC Radio 4. Power Lines was produced by Wire Free’s Sally Spurring with the help of presenters and poets Inua Ellams and Sabrina Mahfouz. We look at how spoken word has become the breeding ground for a whole new generation of writers who are changing poetry in the UK. We talk to poets from Manchester, Huddersfield, Bury, Edinburgh, Bristol and Wrexham, on boats, in forests, theatres, parks and pubs. The first programme is broadcast on the 6th November at 2300 and focusses on Politics. Inua Ellams talks to spoken word poet Zia Ahmed who deals with his frustration with racism by ‘speaking it out’. Peter Bearder explains how some protest poets are being drawn into mainstream politics through the Labour Party. And he finds 23 year old Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan whose slam competition winning poem has been viewed by over two million people online.

Inua Ellams meeting poet Joelle Taylor for the BBC Radio 4 series Power Lines

 

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