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A festival about the love story between poetry, music and lyrics from Poet in the City

Poet in the City’s genre defying festival returns to celebrate the relationship between words and music.

Poetry & Lyrics Festival, a unique celebration bringing together musicians and poets spanning genres from jazz, neo-soul, punk and disco is here, and this year we’re looking back on the songs and words of our years, from the tracks that define a moment to the words that shape our identities.

Headliners include Lavinia Greenlaw and special guests with their nostalgic Village Hall Disco, and Belinda Zhawi and members of Steam Down Collective performing a genre-bending jazz set to the words of poetry’s lesser known Black foremothers.

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Karen McCarthy Woolf: Poetica Electronica

Jazz / Poetry & Lyrics

Join this celebrated poet and electronica fanatic as she shares a rare presentation of the poems and collaborations that explore the relationship between music and poetry in her work.

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The Importance of Music to Girls with Lavinia Greenlaw

Words / Poetry & Lyrics

From the tracks that define a moment to the sounds that shape an identity, award-winning poet and novelist Lavinia Greenlaw hits replay on her celebrated memoir, The Importance of Music to Girls.

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Keisha Thompson: Moonwhile

Free / Poetry & Lyrics

Ricocheting between themes of love, masculinity, forgiveness and cultural displacement, poet Keisha Thompson with cellist Bonnie Schwarz presents a vividly imagined Afrofuturistic performance that ripples with looped sound and sweeping waves of Neo-Soul.

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A Daughter’s Geography

Jazz / Poetry & Lyrics

Taking us on a trip through the history of poetry’s black foremothers via their poetic narrations of strength, tenderness and activism, Belinda Zhawi as MA.MOYO pays tribute to the words and experiences of those who have come before her.

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