Courtesy Kara Walker / Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
Like a phrase
Strong enough to cast a spell’
– Toni Morrison, ‘It Comes Unadorned’ from Five Poems
Writers Ifeanyi Awachie, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Leo Hermitt, Selina Nwulu and Kareem Reid gather to share newly commissioned poems created in response to Toni Morrison’s writing.
This night of readings and performances celebrates Morrison’s relationships with artists working in different narrative forms and from different diasporic contexts. The poems presented by this group of young, London-based writers show the resonance of Morrison’s writing on their work, a shared sensitivity towards their subjects and each artist’s distinctive voice.
The readings and performances are followed by a Q&A moderated by Ifeanyi Awachie, ICA Assistant Curator.
Please note that some of the events within this programme have been modified since first announced due to coronavirus-related international travel restrictions.
Ifeanyi Awachie is a third culture Igbo writer. She has a BA in English and Creative Writing from Yale University. She is the author of Summer in Igboland and has studied fiction under Tayari Jones and Caryl Phillips.
Victoria Adukwei Bulley is a poet, writer and filmmaker. A former Barbican Young Poet, her work has appeared variously in publications including The Poetry Review and Chicago Review, in addition to featuring on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
Leo Hermitt is a transdisciplinary artist, poet and performer from Manchester. They are also an MA student in Graphic Design & Art Direction at Manchester School of Art, looking at abstract publishing and collective memory.
Selina Nwulu is a writer, essayist and social researcher. Her work has appeared in publications including Vogue, Blavity, i-D and ES Magazine. She has been commissioned by Apples and Snakes, the Royal Society of Arts, A New Direction and the Wellcome Trust.
Kareem Reid is an art writer based in South London. Reid has published critical essays for frieze, Luncheon, Niijournal, Temporary Art Review and ARTS.BLACK.