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Spoke & Bird #14: Joelle Taylor & Rochelle D'Silva

  • The Merry Lion Comedy Cafe & Bar 8b Circular Road Singapore, 049364 Singapore (map)

This September, Spoke & Bird brings you not one but two incredible international female poets: Joelle Taylor from the UK and Rochelle D'Silva from India! 

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright and author. A former UK slam champion, Joelle founded the national youth slam championships SLAMbassadors and remains the Artistic Director. Joelle has lead workshops in schools, prisons, youth centres and other setting for organisations including the Poetry Society, the British Council, Arvon Foundation and English PEN. The National Portrait Gallery has commissioned a portrait of her as part of their 2019 exhibition of Contemporary Poets. Her collection of short stories The Night Alphabet is due for publication in 2019. Her latest book of poems, Songs My Enemy Taught Me, was published in 2018. 

Rochelle writes about her travels, cultural influences and personal experiences. Her poems; furnished with deep imagery and functional metaphors provide clear pathways into her world and her ethos. She has been a part of numerous literary fests around India – Goa Art & Lit Fest 2018, Bengaluru Poetry Festival 2017, Poets Translating Poets Festival 2016, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2018/2016 and Cri de Femme International Poetry Festival 2015 to name a few. She has performed on stages across India, Australia, Malaysia and Nepal. She curates a monthly poetry open mic in Mumbai called ‘Words Tell Stories’ that features local and international artists, and runs a slam series called ‘Mumbai Poetry Slam’. She put out India’s first poetry and music album titled Best Apology Face with Melbourne composer Meena Shamaly in March 2017. Her debut collection of poetry, When Home Is An Idea was published in August 2017. She endorses hugs.

The open mic will run as usual with 12 5-minute slots available. Each open mic-er will be given 5 minutes to perform any number of poems. For details, click on the event link provided below.

VENUE: The Merry Lion Comedy Cafe & Bar
ADDRESS: 8b Circular Road, #03-00, Singapore 049364

6 Sep 2018, 8pm–11pm, $5