Festival guest: Ronnie McGrath

As well as being one of the judges for our young people’s poetry competition, Ronnie McGrath will perform his work at the poetry night on Thursday 15th September.

Ronnie is a founding member of the defunct musical group The London Afro Blok who toured throughout Europe, performed for the Queen and opened the 1994 Commonwealth Games in British Columbia, Canada. In 1993 he was commended for his writing by ACER who also published and awarded first place for his writing in 1994. He has published work in IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain, a novel entitled On The Verge of Losing iT, two chapbooks of poetry entitled Poems for The Tired Lips of Newspapers and Gumbo Talk.

As well as appearing on the BBC 4 television documentary Front Room in 2008, he has published some of his paintings in Callaloo: Journal of African American Arts and Letters (a special issue commemorating Barack Obama’s inauguration).  Samples of Ronnie’s poetry are available for download from the Salt Audio Books website. Data Trace, Ronnie’s first full collection of poetry, was published by Salt in 2010, and he is Creative Writing Lecturer at Imperial College London.

See Ronnie performing on Thursday 15th September. The events page has more details.

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