Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival: Friday November 23rd, 7pm – 10pm

A celebration of contemporary poetry at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall

The third Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival will be held in multiple venues across Falmouth, from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25 November 2018.  The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Shorelines’.

As part of the festival, the Maritime Museum will be hosting readings by two of the most exciting talents in the contemporary poetry scene, Inua Ellams and Isaiah Hull. Enjoy an evening of spoken word performance in the Maritime Museum’s Main Hall with drinks available from the bar.

Tickets: £10 / £5 concessions

For more information about the festival and to purchase tickets via the Contemporary Poetry Festival website, please click HERE

Featured Poets:

INUA ELLAMS is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist and designer. Born in Nigeria, he has published four books of poetry, Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All StarsThirteen Fairy Negro TalesThe Wire-Headed Heathen, and (in 2017) #Afterhours. His first play, The 14th Tale, was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and his fourth, Barber Shop Chronicles, sold out its run at England’s National Theatre. He is currently touring An Evening With An Immigrant and working on The Half God of Rainfall – a new play in verse. He lives in and works from London, where he founded The Midnight Run, a nocturnal urban excursion, and is an ambassador for the Ministry of Stories.

“Poetry saved my life,” he says. “It is the cheapest way to be free.” Ellams is living proof of that. – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian


ISAIAH HULL has made an enormous impact on the contemporary performance poetry scene – and he’s still just 20. He’s performed with Kate Tempest, Saul Williams and Lemon Sissay, and on BBC Radio I’s Big Weekend Festival. He was recently commissioned by Brighter Sound to commemorate Manchester soldiers who died in World War One, and by the BBC for Wayne McGregor’s Winged Bull in the Elephant Case. At the 2017 Manchester International Festival he performed at the Imagine Homeland Symposium on the 70th anniversary of the partition of India, and he also starred at the Hull 17 Contains Strong Language. He is currently working on Nosebleeds, a multiversal involving poetry, photography and music. He appears in two musical groups, lupin and hitch and BADD GANG.

Absolutely stunning – five stars and more! – Shirley May