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Q&A with Zena Edwards: Building an Inclusive Movement

Zena Edwards by Antonio Olmos

Zena Edwards by Antonio Olmos

Season for Ex-Change

Q&A with Zena Edwards: Building an Inclusive Movement

5 November 2020


Online event via Zoom



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Following on from her brilliant performative event ‘Tackling Climate Change and Building an Inclusive Movement’, we are pleased to invite you join a Q&A session with poet Zena Edwards.

Catch up on Zena’s performative keynote: Tackling Climate Change and Building an Inclusive Movement

Before the Q&A with Zena, you may like to watch a recording of the event that gave rise to it.

About the speaker

Zena Edwards is a writer, performance poet, singer, radical arts educator and creative director of Verse in Dialog – an arts and public engagement organisation dedicated to championing the arts for positive change.

Raised in Tottenham, North London, Zena Edwards has become known as one the most unique voices of performance poetry to come out of London. She is also known for her polemic voice, speaking on panels for climate change and creative campaigning for equality and equitable rights.

Zena has been involved in performance for 20 years – as a writer/poet performer, facilitator, creative project developer and vocalist after graduating from Middlesex University. She recently studied at The London International School for Performing Arts.

As a poet, Zena has travelled extensively round the UK, the US, Africa and Europe collaborating with artists such as Nigerian choreographer Qudus Onikeku and award-winning visual artists, Theaster Gates and toured supporting living legend Hugh Masekela, the Last Poets and Babaa Maal. She has shared the stage and anthologies with some of her most admired predecessors Linton Kwesi Johnson, Sonia Sanchez, Lemn Sissay, Jean Binta Breeze and Roger McGough.

As a live performance director, Zena was the first woman director at Redbridge Arts collaborating with rising star choreographer Botis Seva, and devised and directed “Climate of Fear” for award winning Manchester Contact’s Young Creatives for the Flying Solo Festival 2016.

As part of Season for Change, Zena will be working with Apples and Snakes on a new commission in 2020/21.

How to take part

Book your free ticket and we’ll send you details about how to access this event closer to the time.

Access details

This online event will be live captioned. Please let us know if you have any other access requirements:

Part of Season for Ex-Change

A three week programme of sector-facing events and workshops, 26 October–14 November 2020.
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