Adult storytelling performances at the Tower of London.
90 minute performance by award-winning poets, beatboxers, essayists and storytellers. Inspired by events that occurred in the Tower of London.
Please note that due to the historic nature of the building there is no disabled access to the venue.
This event is hosted by our Poet in Residence, Inua Ellams
Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He is an ambassador for the Ministry of Stories and has published four books of poetry. His first play ‘The 14th Tale’ was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and his fourth ‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ sold out its run at England’s National Theatre. He is currently working on ‘The Half God of Rainfall’ – a new play in verse. He lives and works from London, where he founded the Midnight Run, a nocturnal urban excursion. Find out more here.
Confessions at the Tower is a new format which seeks to engage artists with the Tower of London and its stories. It is designed for those who like spoken word, poetry, beatboxing and short stories and want to see interpretations brought to life in new ways.
Each artist will have an opportunity to respond to the theme through performance. They can choose to respond to the history of the Tower of London or the evening’s broader theme.
The artists we commission are welcomed to interpret the history of the Tower of London and make them their own. The Tower's history is a dark, violent and uncomfortable one at times and we support artists that bring these truths to life in their own way. This means that there may be adult content so this event is for 18+ years only.
Leone Ross writes magic realism, erotica and literary fiction. She has published two novels, All The Blood Is Red (ARP/Actes Sud) and Orange Laughter (Anchor/Farrar Straus & Giroux/Picador USA). Orange Laughter was shortlisted for the UK Orange Prize and named by Wasafiri magazine as one of the most influential British novels of the last 25 years. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the V.S Pritchett Prize, Salt Publishing’s Scott Prize and the 2018 Jhalak Prize. She has judged the Manchester Fiction Prize, the Wimbledon Bookfest Short Story Competition, the London Short Story Prize, and the 2018 VS Pritchett Prize. Ross’s latest work is short story collection, Come Let Us Sing Anyway (Peepal Tree Press, 2017) was described on Radio 4 as “incredibly rare, extraordinary.” Ross is an editor and university lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton.
Vanessa Kisuule is a writer, performer, burlesque artist and general empress of blag based in Bristol. She has won over ten slam titles including The Roundhouse Slam 2014, Hammer and Tongue National Slam 2014 and the Nuoryican Poetry Slam. She has been featured on BBC iPlayer, Radio 1, and Radio 4's Woman's Hour, The Guardian, Blue Peter, Sky TV, Don't Flop and TEDx. She has performed up and down the country and internationally at Glastonbury, Vienna, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Bangladesh, Barcelona, Oslo, Finland and New York. Her debut poetry collection 'Joyriding The Storm' was published in 2014. She was the recipient of The Jerwood Micro Arts Bursary and The Leverhulme Arts Scholarship in 2017 and her one woman show SEXY is currently under development with the support of Arts Council England, Bristol Old Vic and Camden People's Theatre. She is currently appointed as Bristol City Poet 2018-2020.
Alim Kamara is an African storyteller and hip hop artist. As a child in Sierra Leone he listened to Griots (storytellers) and admired the way they weaved lessons through tales. On returning to London, Alim discovered different styles of storytelling, from the slapstick humour of Tom & Jerry to the vivid poignant imagery of Hip Hop. He graduated with a first class degree in Creative and Media Writing, and the Edna Fuller Prize for community. He has performed in Dubai, Holland, Canada, Sierra Leone, Gambia and the USA. Like the Griots from his past, Alim captivates his audiences and leaves them craving to learn, relate and elevate.
Hear from live storytellers as they confess their innermost sins at the Tower of London.
28 June 2018