Monday, 18 January 2010

Who Are We? Exploring identity in the new Decade Monday 1st February 2010, 6pm Birmingham Library Theatre (free)

Birmingham Libraries are delighted to host an evening with Mobo awarding
rapper Akala, local poet Maryam Khan Shafique and former Birmingham Young
Poet Laureate Matt Windle. The event is part of the national MyVoice
project (MyVoice: is a project supported by the Dept for Communities &
Local Government, Creativity, Culture & Education and The Reading Agency.
The project was set up in 8 areas nationally to give young people the
opportunity to work with professional writers, poets and librarians to
offer them a platform to express their opinions on global issues of our
time). The project has been encouraging young people to explore complex
global issues through writing and each of the beneficiaries have been
paired up with a writer mentor to develop their writing skills and a local
librarian to broaden their reading experiences and knowledge of what
libraries offer.

The Birmingham MyVoice beneficiary was Maryam Khan Shafique and she has
been working with performance poet Akala on a collection of poems based on
the theme of identity. As part of the project, the three poets will be
using performance poetry to explore the theme of identity and
discuss/debate just 'Who are we in this new decade'. The event will be a
fresh, creative, and exciting space where young people can contribute and
get involved in the discussion about who they are and who we are! For more
details please contact: Nikki Bi ( 303

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