The Forge

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Wednesday 28 September 2016
19:00 - 23:00
Tickets from £8
Live Music
Alternative / Indie
Over 18

An always special, monthly night of spoken word & poetry with Caleb Femi (winner of the Roundhouse Poetry Slam), Inua Ellams & Chris Redmond and music from Ayelle & Dizraelli.


Caleb Femi

Caleb Femi is a poet, English teacher and a member of the SXWKS collective. His works are often described as vivid and honest delivered with an essence of musicality. Lately, Caleb has won the Roundhouse Poetry Slam and exhibited three cross-arts shows: 'Still Dreaming' at the Edinburgh Fringe, 'There Is A Place' at the Camden People's Theatre and ''DREALITY' at the Bussey Building.

Also, Caleb has led poetry workshops in schools in East and North London. As well as poetry, Caleb is a filmmaker with his inaugural documentary ‘What Did Love Taste Like In The 70s?’ released in August 2015. His follow up documentary 'Heartbreak & Grime' will be released in 2016

Inua Ellams

Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He has published three pamphlets of poetry: ‘Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars’, ‘Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales’ and 'The Wire-Headed Heathen'. His first play ‘The 14th Tale’ (a one-man show which he performed) was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and his third, ‘Black T-Shirt Collection’ ran at England’s National Theatre.

He is currently working on ‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ – a new play, and a poetry pamphlet called #Afterhours. In graphic art & design, online and in print, he tries to mix the old with the new, juxtaposing texture and pigment with flat shades of colour and vector images. He lives and works from London, where he founded the Midnight Run; a nocturnal urban excursion.

Chris Redmond

Chis Redmond writes, performs and teaches poetry, spoken word and music. His work has been featured on BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 (Bespoken Word & Pick of The Week), XFM and SKY Arts. His gigs range from pubs to festivals (Glastonbury, Big Chill, Latitude) to London’s Southbank Centre and Shepherds Bush Empire. In 2010 he supported Ben Okri at Soho Theatre and in 2011 he performed at Kosmopolis Festival in Barcelona on behalf of The British Council.

Chris is the founder and host of Tongue Fu – a show, in which the UK’s best performance poets flex their lyrical ninja skills to an improvised soundtrack from the Tongue Fu band. Tongue Fu’s current home is Rich Mix, East London, but gigs also include The Barbican, The Roundhouse and an increasing number of UK music and literature festivals. The Guardian described it as “Poetry, but not as you know it..amazing to listen to”.



Raised in Sweden but now residing in London, Ayelle is a singer, song-writer, feminist, activist and the co-founder of Young Feminist London, a group that organises awareness raising events for people of any self-identifying gender who are interested in exploring feminism. Ayelle’s debut EP ‘What You Made’ was released late 2014.


Dizraeli is a rapper, multi-instrumentalist and sometimes singer taking hip-hop to new terrains.

After six years pushing boundaries with his band Dizraeli & The Small Gods, winning the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, receiving regular radio play and spellbinding crowds at festivals across Europe, in September last year Dizraeli left the band to explore new possibilities.

“Touching, funny stories of riots, atheism and Englishness... Dizraeli embodies 21st Century folk” - The Independent

The exploration took him to unexpected places: first, he composed the soundtrack for a new parallel-worlds comedy on E4 (Tripped); next he toured France with producer and turntablist DJ DownLow; then he spent a week in the refugee camp at Calais, giving workshops and listening to the migrants there. At the start of 2016, he travelled to Senegal to study West African music with an albino master, and in a remote fishing village covered in dust and music, he finished six new songs.

Carrying these pieces home to London in his head, he decided to record them in a completely new way. Instead of shutting himself in a vibeless, carpeted studio where the impulse of the songs would be lost, he would invite an audience of close friends to the basement of a cafe, play live for those friends and record what he played - no editing; no studio tricks: in the words of one of the tracks ...Through the lens to the substance.

The result is the Eat My Camera EP; six songs about migration, injustice, the ghosts on Walthamstow Marsh, the brutal nonsense of consumer London, lost and found love, Palestine and the singer’s Dad...It’s head nod-heavy, beautiful, unsugared songwriting unlike anything you’ve heard before.

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The Forge
The Forge 3-7 Delancey Street, Camden London, NW1 7NL

North London

Nearest station:
Camden Town (Tube)


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<p>The Forge is an award-winning music and arts venue in Camden, which hosts a diverse and eclectic range of events, including:<br />Classical, Contemporary,&nbsp;World,&nbsp;Folk,&nbsp;<wbr />Latin,&nbsp;Storytelling, Poetry,&nbsp;Pop, Rock, Indie,&nbsp;Talks, Workshops, Jazz,&nbsp;Funk and Soul. We also have a Cantina, upstairs, serving Latin American street food and cocktails.</p>


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