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The British Council bring Inua Ellams to Urbanscapes in Malaysia, 2013

The British Council is working with the Urbanscapes Festival in Malaysia to bring Inua Ellams to Kuala Lumpur.

Urbanscapes is the city’s first and only all-day creative arts festival that brings together communities and participants from the fields of music, arts, fashion, visual design and much more.


Joining poets Francesca Beard, Benjamin Zephaniah, Malika Booker, Charlie Dark, Jacob Sam-La Rose, Kim Trusty and Polarbear - who each performed to packed audiences in Kuala Lumpur during their respective visits to the city at a series called 'Wayang Kata: An Evening of Spoken Word' -  is poet, playwright, performer and graphic designer/artist Inua Ellams.

Inua will be making his debut in Malaysia with his energetic style of prose Urbanscapes. He will perform at the festival and carry out writing workshops while in KL.

Urbanscapes Festival will take place on 24-25 November 2013.

Biography: Inua Ellams

Inua Ellams was born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria in 1984. At first, he wanted to be a visual artist, but thinking them too pretentious and too broke to buy paint, he turned to poetry. The irony is not lost on him. He works as a poet, playwright, performer and graphic designer/artist.

He has seven books published including Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales (Poetry, Flipped Eye, 2005) The 14th Tale (Play, Flipped Eye, 2009) which was commissioned by the Battersea Arts Centre and awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival, before a sold out run at The National Theatre in London. His third theatre piece - Black T-Shirt Collection (Play, Oberon, 2012) also ran at the National Theatre during its national tour. His poems were included in anthologies: Generation Txt (Penned in the Margins, 2006), City State (Penned in the Margins, 2009), The Salt Book of Younger Poets (Salt, 2011), The Shuffle Anthology (Shuffle, 2011 Press). His second pamphlet Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars was published by Flipped Eye last November, and his reading/performance will comprise of poems from this book, excerpts of plays and newer works.