Jazz Verse Jukebox

Sunday 9th March 2014 7pm

Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club (Upstairs), Soho, London1618622_10152090150434272_764841079_n

Join us for the JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX (Upstairs @ Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club) on Sunday 9th March 2014 for ‘the Dust Jacket edition’ of JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX with special guests including: ROMESH GUNESEKERA, SALENA GODDEN, COURTTIA NEWLAND, DOROTHEA SMARTT plus music from WORLD RUNNERS .

Wolhfarth Galleries: An Evening of Poetry

wolfarthSaturday 29th March 2014

Alan King, Trapeta B. Mayson, Kadija Sesay and DOROTHEA SMARTT
Reading at Wohlfarth Galleries. FREE ADMISSION

3418 9th St NE Washington, DC 20017
Within walking distance from the Brookland metro

LINK: https://www.smore.com/srk8-wolhfarth-galleries-presents

Passion: Celebrating Maud Sulter

28th Februrary, 6:30pm-9:00pm

Rivington Place, Hoxton, London

PASSION is an celebratory event which will explore the work of Maud Sulter through the voices of spoken word artists, Dorothea Smartt, Sirena Reynolds and Jay Bernard.
The evening will also include “in-conversation” with the performers chaired by Marlene Smith and music and projections which will showcase the richness and diversity of Maud’s practice.
The Maud Sulter project is collaboration between Curators- Deborah Cherry , Ajamu,Autograph ABP and Streetlevel Photoworks
This event is in partnership with our community partner centred. This event will be BSL interpreted

Event is Free
Please book via Autograph ABP

Maud Sulter (1960–2008) was an award-winning artist and writer, curator and gallerist of Ghanaian and Scottish heritage who lived and worked in Britain.

For more information on theThe Maud Sulter Project please visit

Numbi – A Night of Afropolitan Dandies

8th February

Rich Mix London 8pmNumbi dandies

“NUMBI is back, Sexier, livelier, funkier, this February we kick off the year celebrating the deliciousness of Afropolitan Dandies.

The trademark music, the warm ambience and the utterly gorgeous performers you’ve come to love – but with more spice added to keep you warm!

In the poets’ corner, we have NUMBI Residents Artist the ever-regal DOROTHEA SMARTT the bright- brilliance of Olumide Popoola and the inimitable genius that is Kayo Chingonyi.

We also bring you Live music by:

Le Rouge et Le Noir a transcendental poetry and cello duo consisting of poet David Harries and Mayda Narvey on the cello.

A special set by Swedish/Eritrean singer Miryam Solomon as she previews songs from her debut ep “Evergreen” to be released in March. Accompanied by Jean Sprackland Berthon on guitar, her sound blends jazz&folk textures, African polyrhythms and an irresistible,intimate vocal style.

On the decks we have DJ Dapper D (Debbie Smith), throwing down the
hottest dance tunes this side of the equator.

Your host for the night will be Numbi Resident Artist and Poet Elmi Ali guiding you through our line up of fierce and fancy and introducing ‘YOUTH’ our Scarf theme the year 2014.

TICKETS £12, £10 adv, £5 concs…. Book now”

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Southwark’s Poetry Festival, ‘Rhythm and Word’

Saturday 15th February 2014

Peckham Library
122 Peckham Hill St, London SE15 5JR,

Malika Booker reading from her new collection, Pepperseed

Patricia Foster with performance from her new poetry video Lips

Sai Murray – reading from his new collection

Kadija Sesay reading from her new collection, Irki

Dorothea Smartt reading from her two books , Connecting Medium, Ship Shape and new work!

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All Nations Café & Bar – Dalston! In Celebration of International Women’s Month.

Thurs 13 March 2014

The launch of the Sable Reading Series – ‘Art is the HeArt of the Nation’.
multi- faceted Kadija Sesay, (Publisher)
multi-talented Dorothea Smartt (Associate Editor for Poetry)
multi-lingual Wangui wa Goro (Translator)
PLUS 5 OPEN MIC SLOTS for women of colour

Kadija Sesay is author of Irki (Peepal Tree Press) and editor of several anthologies of writers of African and Asian descent. Her next collection, The Modern PanAfricanist’s Journey, received an Arts Council grant to research and produce a visual art exhibition and an Android app on the theme of PanAfricanism.

Dorothea Smartt is author of 2 poetry collections: Connecting Medium and Ship Shape (Peepal Tree Press ). She’ll be reading from her forthcoming chapbook, ‘Reader, I Married Him & Other Queer Goings On’

Wangui wa Goro is a respected scholar, writer and translator. She will share updated information on her forthcoming debut poetry collection, on the night!