Poet: Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Nii Ayikwei Parkes, writer, performance poet, publisher and social commentator will be performing some of his work at our poetry night on Thursday 15th September.

Former Poet-In-Residence at the Poetry Café, Nii has performed poetry in the UK, Europe, Ghana and the US and was Associate Artist-In-Residence with BBC Radio 3 in 2005.

Nii is the author of three poetry chapbooks; eyes of a boy, lips of a man and M is for Madrigal, and the self-published shorter, which is a vehicle to raise money for a writers’ fund in Ghana. Nii also co-edited the groundbreaking Tell Tales Volume I short story anthology with Courttia Newland and regularly edits x magazine. His novel, Tail of the Blue Bird, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize and Michael Marks Award.

Here, Nii performs his poem So What – plus an extended riff on what the poem’s about.


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