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Three the Hard Way – Part Two

Past Event
  • Presented By: Apples and Snakes in association with Writing East Midlands
  • Thu 15 Oct 2015
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Free Word Centre

Join three powerful poets: Jean Binta Breeze MBE, a Jamaican; Lydia Towsey of Hungarian and Welsh descent and Shruti Chauhan of Gujarati origin – as they share this new and exciting work.

Three the Hard Way derives from Jamaican culture where male DJs would respond to each others’ sets in collaboration & competition. The idea was adopted by UK male dub poets, led by Linton Kwesi Johnson in the 80s. Following a rave reviewed UK tour in 2014 – a stand alone ‘Part Two’ will once again re-appropriate this format, exploring contemporary women’s issues and culture  – now across three continents, Africa, Asia & Europe – and three generations.

The event welcomes an audience of men and women to explore our times – from the personal to the political. For more information see www.3thehardwaypoets.wordpress.com


JEAN BINTA BREEZE is an internationally renowned poet. Writing across forms, including Jamaican ‘Dub’, she has authored six books. Her most recent publication, Third World Girl (Bloodaxe, 2011) was followed by a national tour. Her forthcoming book, The Veranda Poems will be published by Bloodaxe, 2016. She is the recipient of a NESTA Award; Honorary Fellow in Creative Writing (University of Leicester) & MBE. She has performed her work around the world, in the Caribbean, North America, Europe, South-East Asia and Africa and been called “one of the most important, influential performance poets of recent years” (British Council, Literature).

SHRUTI CHAUHAN is a powerful and emerging voice in UK poetry. She has performed as part of John Berkavitch’s, Shame; ArtReach’s, Night of Festivals – alongside Tongue Fu & at: Indian Summer; Barefoot; Leicester & Loughborough Mela. She has a first class degree in English. Shruti is interested in working across languages. She is multilingual, fluent in English, Gujarati and Hindi and competent in German, Italian and Sanskrit. Aside from writing, Shruti takes vocal training in Indian classical music and enjoys dancing – an art form she currently practises through Indian folk and contemporary movement.

LYDIA TOWSEY is a poet with Masters in Creative Writing. Commissions including: Freedom Showcase; Poet in the City, Spoken Word All Stars Tour & Beyond Words — U.K. tour of four South African poets. In 2011 she won a Decibel commission; in 2012 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize. She has performed at the House of Lords & London’s 100 Club & been featured by The London Magazine. She is published in Bloodaxe Books’ Raving Beauties anthology & Candlestick Press’ ‘10 Poems about…’ series (2015). Her full length collection, The Venus Papers is published by Burning Eye Books (September, 2015). An experienced facilitator, Lydia is Chair and Compere of WORD! – the longest running poetry night in the Midlands.

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