Hear from live storytellers as they confess their innermost sins at the Tower of London.
Slander is inspired by the trial and execution of Sir Roger Casement. Once a celebrated humanitarian, he became involved in the fight for Irish Independence and when on trial for treason his name was slandered with accusations of homosexuality.
This is a 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
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.
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.
Emma Dabiri is a presenter, social historian and writer, and is listed as one of BBC's Broadcasting Stars of the Future 2017. Emma has previously presented Back in Time for Brixton and the Back in Time Confectioners series (BBC Two), Is Love Racist? (Channel 4) and has done a number of social history films for The One Show (BBC). She currently co-presents Britain’s Lost Masterpieces (BBC4). On radio she has hosted BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Review and Front Row and is currently working on a Radio 4 documentary, an exploration of Afro-futurism. Emma's debut book "A History of Hair" will be published by Penguin, Allen Lane, in 2019. She is a teaching fellow in the Africa department at SOAS.
Salena Godden is one of Britain’s foremost poets whose electrifying live performances and BBC radio broadcasts have earned her a devoted following. Author of poetry collections Under The Pier (Nasty Little Press); Fishing in the Aftermath: Poems 1994-2014 (Burning Eye); literary childhood memoir Springfield Road (Unbound) and Shade published in the ground breaking essay anthology The Good Immigrant (Unbound). Her live poetry album LIVEwire was released with indie spoken word label Nymphs and Thugs and shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award in 2017. A pamphlet collection of latest poems Pessimism Is For Lightweights, pieces of courage and resistance, will be published by Rough Trade Books in June 2018. Rough Trade Books is an exciting new publishing venture in the mould of the pioneering record label. Mrs Death Misses Death is a new major work in progress. This will be Salena's debut novel, a fiction on the life of Death, with a soundtrack composed by Peter Coyte. A BBC documentary Mrs Death Misses Death is in production, scheduled for broadcast later in 2018. www.salenagodden.co.uk
Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. To date, his poetry videos have amassed over 1 million views online. Stephen is a co-founder of LINGO Festival (inaugural festival in 2014), Ireland’s only spoken word festival, and poetry curator of the annual First Fortnight Festival. He co-produced Dublin: A Year in Words poetry video series for Dublin UNESCO City of Literature. Stephen James Smith’s debut collection, Fear Not, is published by Arlen House with a launch due in Spring 2018. www.stephenjamessmith.com
The Royal Mint Remembrance Day 2017 brilliant uncirculated poppy commemorative coin is the first official coin minted by the Royal Mint to commemorate Armistice Day. The design, by Stephen Taylor, features red Flanders poppies, the longstanding symbol of remembrance and the inscription "Silence Speaks When Words Can Not".