Saturday 18th May

Where Are You Now? The State of Grime 

Venue: Video Odyssey, Toxteth TV, 37-45 Windsor St, L8 1XE
Time: 8pm 
Tickets: £5/£3 (Students/Over 60s/Unemployed)

From Dizzee Rascal to Skepta, from Stormzy to Lady Leshurr, grime has moved from the slipstream to the mainstream, now recognised as an art form, a politically conscious tool whose influence is spreading far and wide. Join Jude Yawson, Blue Saint, Kayo Chingonyi and Dorcas Sebuyange to make sure the state won’t put a shutdown on grime.

Jude Yawson is a multifaceted writer of essays, articles, and poetry. He recently became an author, co-writing and editing Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far with Stormzy and the Merky Team. Jude curates his eclectic writing through his website The House Of Horus where his entire personal writing journey is hosted. He has also contributed an essay entitled ‘Existing as a Black Person Living in Britain’ to SAFE: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space. An anthology edited by Derek Owusu.

Blue Saint is a Congolese and British, Liverpool-based rapper, singer-songwriter, designer, poet, spoken word artist and producer who blends hip–hop, RnB and electronic music. A part of Writing on the Wall’s Liverpool Young Writers at the ages twelve to sixteen, winner of the Poetry Society’s SLAMbassadors Award at fourteen, A MOBO nominee at the age of fifteen and winner of Merseyrail Soundstation 2014, a prize celebrating breaking new talent in the Liverpool music scene. Throughout his years he has performed at gigs alongside UK number one artists such as Ed Sheeran, Plan B, Wretch 32 and Akala as well as Jerry Dammers of The Specials and spoken word artist Saul Williams.

Dorcas Seb is a Congolese multi-disciplinary artist based in Liverpool. She began her creative journey as a poet 11 years ago and has since continued on with additional creative forms such as dance, music and theatre which she predominantly works in. She has worked with BBC, 20 Stories High, Writing on The Wall, International Slavery Museum, Savera UK, Eclipse Theatre and more. She has also just recently released an album titled “Vice Versa” that politically explores realms of consciousness travelling between dreams and reality which is on sale at Bandcamp as well as being available on more platforms via

Kayo Chingonyi's latest book, Kumukanda (Chatto & Windus, 2017) was a Guardian and Telegraph book of the year and won the Dylan Thomas Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award. Kayo was a Burgess Fellow at the Centre for New Writing, University of Manchester, and an Associate Poet at The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. He has performed his work at festivals and events around the world, is Poetry Editor for The White Review, and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Durham University.

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