Octavia Poetry Collective

Rachel Long, Amaal Said and Sumia Juxun

Date: Saturday March 28th
Venue: dlr LexIcon, The Studio
Time: 3pm
Cost: €15 / €12
Age: Adult

Octavia is a poetry collective for women of colour founded by Rachel Long in response to the lack of inclusivity and representation in literature and the academy. Octavia is housed at Southbank Centre, London. Octavia have read at venues from Tate Modern to Latitude Festival (where Solange touched Amina’s hand). They’ve led workshops at The Poetry School and The Serpentine Galleries, as well as featured in The Guardian, ASOS Magazine and on BBC’s World Service. We welcome Octavia to Mountains to Sea where Rachel Long, Amaal Said and Sumia Juxun will blend music, film and poetry in an extraordinary event.

Sumia Juxun is poet, educator and winner of FourHubs’ 2018 Poetry Prize. Founder and programmer of SAWTI (an East African literature project) she is a Barbican Young Poet Alumni and a recent graduate of the Creative Writing and Education MA at Goldsmith, University of London. She often writes about movement and the constant process of leaving. Her work has most recently been published in Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poetry and has been commissioned by Royal Academy of Arts and Keats House Museum.

Amaal Said is a Danish-born Somali photographer, and poet, based in London. Her photographs have been featured in Vogue, The Guardian and The New York Times. She is concerned with storytelling and how best she can connect with people to document their stories. She won Wasafiri Magazine’s New Writing Prize for poetry in 2015. In 2017, she was exhibited in Los Angeles, California. In 2018, her photography was featured in the fourth volume of African Lens and was exhibited in Accra, Ghana. She is a member of Octavia and is a former Barbican Young Poet.

Rachel Long is a poet and the founder of Octavia – Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour. Octavia was founded in response to the lack of inclusivity and representation in poetry and academia. Octavia are housed at the Southbank Centre, London. Rachel’s work has featured in Magma, The London Magazine, and Filigree: An Anthology of Contemporary Black British Poetry. She is co-tutor on the Barbican Young Poets Programme and Poetry Fellow of University of Hertfordshire.

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L: Sumia Juxon R: Amaal Said