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WATCH SOME EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Videos of Ayanna Witter-Johnson and Jonzi D, Jean 'Binta' Breeze, John Agard, Prince Abdi, Amiri Baraka, Tim Clare and more

Video: Ayanna Witter-Johnson at London Liming

Musician, Jazz vocalist and composer

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Watch a video of the captivating Ayanna Witter-Johnson who has been nominated for a MOBO Award, and was joined at this London Liming at Southbank Centre by hip-hop artist Jonzi D.

Click here to watch Ayanna with guest Jonzi D

Video: John Agard

Put The Kettle On! poem

Video: Amiri Baraka at London Liming

Author of Blues People, Somebody Blew Up America and In Town

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Poet and playwright AMIRI BARAKA, cited as a godfather of the US Black Arts Movement, joined us for a London Liming performance and national tour in 2012. This video is a memento and tribute to a spoken word legend who sadly passed away in January 2014.

CLICK HERE to watch Amiri Baraka

Video: Prince Abdi

Comedy and Spoken Word

RECENT EVENTS

13 June 2014

TILT PRESENTS at UCL's 'One Day in the City'

On 13 June 2014, UCL's English department invites you to Gower Street to take your pick from an exciting range of theatrical walks, talks, readings and performances, art exhibits and London-based conversations

Tilt are delighted to be presenting 3 events exploring the art of Spoken Word at the UCL's 'One Day in the City' Festival.

1pm:'LONDON, LITERATURE and HIDDEN VOICES’: a Spoken Word lecture by JOHN AGARD

3pm: LONDON LIMING with TIM CLARE, patron JOHN AGARD, comedy genius PRINCE ABDI, poets BRIDGET MINAMORE as well as SOPHIE ROBINSKI of Roundhouse Poets, novelist and short fiction writer NICK BARLAY, musician JAMES INGHAM, and host MELANIE ABRAHAMS, plus music from DJ: JAMIE RENTON

5pm: IS IT SOMETHING I SAID?’ with WILL SELF, INDIA KNIGHT, TIM CLARE chaired by Professor JOHN SUTHERLAND

The festival events run from 1pm to 8.30pm

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21 May 2014

Tilt, Apples and Snakes and The Albany present TELLING TALES SLAM LIVE

Medieval meets Modern in a sizzling staged slam of talented poets who each take on a character from Patience Agbabi’s new book Telling Tales. The line-up includes PATIENCE AGBABI, FRANCESCA BEARD, DZIFA BENSON, THE SPEECH PAINTER, MICHAEL BROME, KYRILL POTAPOV, SHANE SOLANKI, STEVE TASANE, PETE BEARDER, plus neo-medieval musical responses by PSYKHOMANTUS.

8pm on 21 May at The Albany, London

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12 April 2014

In Memory of Amiri Baraka: 1934 - 2014

The start of 2014 saw the sad passing of AMIRI BARAKA, a prolific poet, novelist, playwright, music critic, editor, and cultural organiser, who extended the possibilities of modern writing. Following a day-long symposium at the ICA, the evening performance will mark the late poet’s life and work with readings by poets and speakers, many of whom knew him well, including LINTON KWESI JOHNSON, JEAN 'BINTA' BREEZE, KAYO CHINGONYI, SEAN BONNEY, MICHAEL ZAND, MELANIE ABRAHAMS and YVETTE HEYLIGER.

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See what 'Liming' is about

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Watch a video that offers insight into our 'Liming' spoken word events by our patron John Agard

Listen to John Agard on Liming

Guy Browning on spoken word

author of the best-selling 'How To..' series

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'I started life as a stand up comedian and that’s one of the most visceral ways of using spoken word. You have to connect with the inside of someone’s brain using nothing but language and I’ve always found that exciting.' In this video, Guy talks about spoken word's impact.

CLICK HERE to watch Guy Browning

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

A selection of artists and events

12 DECEMBER 2013: TILT PRESENTS LONDON LIMING

An evening of spoken word curated by John Agard

London Liming is where spoken word meets carnival in an infectious, happy-go-lucky and word-drenched social atmosphere.

This show is curated by Queen's Gold Medal Award Winner for Poetry, JOHN AGARD. John's hand-picked line up of guests includes LEMN SISSAY, CAROLINE BIRD, ALEXANDER D GREAT, JAMES INGHAM and MELANIE ABRAHAMS, Roundhouse poets SARAH PERRY and ANTOSH WOJCIK plus a special performance set by the man himself. Early booking recommended!

Watch Agard perform some of his favourite poems

19 NOVEMBER 2013: ARCHITECTS OF OUR REPUBLIC

An evening marking 50 Years since the March on Washington

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Apples and Snakes and Tilt join forces to mark 50 years of Martin Luther King Jr’s I Have a Dream speech and The March on Washington, presenting music and spoken word by Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Zena Edwards, Sureshot, and the Architects Young Writers Group.

SOPHIE WOOLLEY writer and actress on spoken word

Creator of 'Brief Word Encounter': a satirical monologue, performed at Something I Said in 2010

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Accompanied by cellist TONY WOOLLARD (Cello Journeys), writer and actress SOPHIE WOOLLEY performed a satirical monologue at our spoken word festival Something I Said?. The piece was inspired by classic film 'Brief Encounter' and random snippets of literature gathered via upsidedown reading on the train.

click here to watch Sophie Woolley

10 OCTOBER 2013: LONDON LIMING MEETS CHILL PILL

the cutting edge of underground poetry

London Liming offers Spoken Word, Music, Cocktails & DJs in a word-drenched and fun-loving carnival atmosphere. This show is a one-off special that brings together the talents of London spoken word nights CHILL PILL and LONDON LIMING. The line-up features US poet and rock star JESSICA CARE MOORE, JOHN AGARD, SIMON MOLE, DEANNA RODGER and RAYMOND ANTROBUS; from the ROUNDHOUSE POETS collective, IZZY BROOKS and CECILIA KNAPP; DJ: RUSS JONES; host MELANIE ABRAHAMS

Read about 'LIMING' and how it's done

Video: Dean Atta at London Liming

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Dean Atta a young poet of Jamaican and Greek Cypriot heritage based in London, has a long history in performing in West End musicals, community theatre and open mic nights. His poetry has been featured on BBC Radio 4 and he has been a recipient of a 'Spirit of London' Award for services to Poetry.

CLICK HERE to watch Dean's performance at Liming

17 and 18 AUGUST 2013: PAUL KEENS-DOUGLAS in London

Two nights at the Tabernacle

Come hear Tanti Merle at de Oval and other stories from international raconteur PAUL KEENS-DOUGLAS. He is a Trinidadian storyteller, raconteur and public speaker who is also creator of the famous annual Carnival Talk Tent in Trinidad. He is a recipient of a Zora Neale Hurston Award and the Humming Bird Silver Medal for Culture.

13 JUNE 2013: TILT PRESENTS LONDON LIMING

SOWETO KINCH, PATIENCE AGBABI, MARK GWYNNE-JONES

London Liming is where spoken word meets carnival in an infectious, happy-go-lucky and word-drenched social atmosphere. The dazzling line-up featured MOBO Award Winner and Mercury Prize Nominee alto-saxophonist and rapper SOWETO KINCH and poetry from the acclaimed PATIENCE AGBABI and MARK GWYNNE-JONES, responding to a COMBUSTIFICATION! theme.

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11 April 2012: TILT PRESENTS LONDON LIMING

brilliant spoken word in a warm and social setting

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This special evening on a theme of COMEDY and KAISO features spoken word, songs, commentary, standup and poetry from PRINCE ABDI, ALEXANDER D GREAT, FEMI MARTIN,** TIM CLARE, MELANIE ABRAHAMS,** TIM BOMBDOG and JAMES INGHAM. Soca, Brazilian, soul, reggae, and dance tunes all evening by DJ CLIFFY.

14 FEB 2012: TILT'S LONDON LIMING: a Love Special

Tilt’s LONDON LIMING offers an uproarious spoken word party and a chilled-out carnival vibe where people can mix, drink, dance and soak up the best of spoken word through live performance, readings and the intimate and passionate telling of stories.  Whether you're a lover or a fighter (of love clichés) this love theme special presented enthralling performances from internationally-acclaimed Jamaican poet JEAN 'BINTA' BREEZE, Tilt’s Liming patron JOHN AGARD, singer songwriter MELLOW BAKU, and JELENA CURCIC, a storyteller from the Balkans, and MELANIE ABRAHAMS as host. 

2012 HIGHLIGHTS

our pick of events that have taken place this and last year

3 NOV 2012: Sun Stops Play, a Spoken Word Talk

John Agard at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival 2012

Bringing his own spin to the language of poetry and cricket in a newly developed 'mock lecture', 'Sun Stops Play', poet JOHN AGARD presented at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival a unique blend of oratory, spoken word and exhilarating wordplay. Suitable for those who like their words to swing.

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19 OCT 2012: JAMDOWN MEETS LIMING: Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago at 50