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Monday 01 October 2012

Canterbury’s Recent Poet Laureate Presents Modern Remake Of Chaucer's Legendary Tales

Celebrated Canterbury poet and performer Patience Agbabi will read from her collection The Canterbury Remix,  a modern remake of Chaucer's legendary tales in a special guest appearance at Hastings Museum.


British-Nigerian Agbabi has taken the poetry world by storm since the publication of her ground-breaking debut collection RAW in 1995, which has won numerous awards; her performances have shocked and endeared audiences simultaneously.

Agbabi started Canterbury Remix during her residency as Canterbury’s Poet Laureate:

'When I was made Canterbury Laureate for 2009-10, the first thing I thought was I must rewrite the Canterbury Tales, My next thought was, how on earth am I going to do it?’



A self-confessed lover of Chaucer's work, Agbabi will treat the audience to verses from her book, where contemporary characters' sagas are dramatised in heroic couplets, monologues, rap or other modern forms of speech.

She reads alongside captivating local Nigerian story teller Rounke Coker whose insightful and humorous tales are influenced by life in Nigeria.

This is the first of many exciting literary events as part of Writing our Legacy’s literary programme, which offers readings, writing workshops and events in Hastings, Crawley and Brighton.



The two BME organisations are also putting on a beginner’s writing and storytelling workshop on Saturday 20 October at Mamma Putts’ African-Caribbean Restaurant in St Leonards at 7.30pm.

Amy Riley, Writing our Legacy Coordinator said:

“We are delighted to work with Gwyneth and her Afrikaba Festival this year. She’s got such a great programme of arts and culture for Hastings, and bringing Patience to such a special place is a real delight.

“We hope that everyone - from all backgrounds and walks of life - come take part in enjoying this excellent poet and storyteller’s talents on one special night.”


Writing Our Legacy presents Poet Patience Agbabi, Hastings Museum, on Friday 5 October, at 7.30pm. For more information, see writingourlegacy.wordpress.com
 

by: Mike Cobley




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