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Citizens of the Word Khadijah Ibrahiim presents a lively poetry debate

Saturday 9 July 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Inspired by our current exhibition Rock Against Racism Leeds Young Authors and Ilkley Literature Festival will present a lively poetry driven discussion l
ead by Khadijah Ibrahiim featuring Malika Booker, Evie Manning, Asma Elbadawi and poets from Leeds Young Authors.

How can we make the changes we want to see in society? In the light of the Referendum decision our society seems more divided and conflicted than ever. Join us for an open dialogue on the topic of social change and how we can make a difference, both through our individual and collective actions.

Citizens of the Word is lively poetry-driven series of provocations followed by a roundtable discussion with free food and drink.

We'll explore social sterotypes and perceptions, media an identity, environmental injustice and FGM. The event is free and young people are especially welcome.

Special Guests:


Malika Booker's infectious blend of Brixton, soca and Guyana makes her poetry performances irresistible. Booker was the inaugural Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company and in 2014 she was the first British poet to be a Cave Canem Fellow. She is one of this years Foreward Poetry Prize judges.

Asma Elbadawi is an artist, spoken word poet and a Words First BBC Radio 1xtra finalist. Born in Sudan but raised in Bradford, Asma’s dual cultural heritage deeply influences her creativity, paired with a focus on international development and female empowerment. Asma’s poetry challenges preconceived cultural norms and expectations out of a genuine love for her two main passions, creativity and sport. 


Evie is Co-Artistic Director of Common Wealth, a site-specific company making immersive, political theatre that responds to the here and now. Common Wealth are interested in the power of theatre to challenge media narratives and work with people usually under or misrepresented in politics, art and media.

For Common Wealth Evie has directed The Deal Versus the People, No Guts, No Heart, No Glory (Scotsman Fringe First Award), Our Glass House (Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award). Evie is also currently programmer for Women of the World Festival in Bradford.

Free event, young people especially welcome.

Part of Ilkley Literature Festivals Words in the City and Bradford Festival