The Big What is back!

Discover the big questions and maybe even the big answers, hosted by Poetcurious

A host of super-talented local performance poets ask the big questions and possibly offer some big answers! Featuring Lashay Green, Bas the Poet, Sharmay Mitchell, Karlla Prestige and SoftSpoken. Hosted by performance poet maestro Poetcurious.

Lashay Green

Lashay is a poet, spoken word artist and playwright from north-west London. Her past creative involvements include Apples and Snakes, Kiln Theatre, Fizzy Sherbet Podcasts, Lyric Hammersmith and was most recently shortlisted for the 2022 Roundhouse Poetry Slam.

Bas the Poet

Basmah Mohamed, aka Bas The Poet, is a poet, writer, and spoken word artist from North London. Basmah is a published writer and also the author of Marvellous Marvin and the Missing Puzzle Pieces – a story book that she wrote for Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries LTD. Basmah works with various organisations within London and the UK, and schools on all things poetry through performances and workshops. She also self publishes through her Instagram and Twitter which are both @basthepoet. To explore more of her work and to contact her: https://linktr.ee/basthepoet

Sharmay Mitchell

After self-publishing her debut poetry book, be the Uplifter: Positive Poems in 2021, Sharmay has been working on her second poetry collection and a non-fiction book on behavioural research. With the firm belief that variety is the spice of life, aside from writing, she also dabbles in visual art, jewellery making, juggling and creating comedic stop motion short films loved by about 9 people on YouTube! You can find out more about all of her creative pursuits on her website: www.sharmaymitchell.com

Instagram: @sharmaymitchell

Prestige Karlla

Mother, Educator, Spoken word artist, Vibe sharer and before all – Woman. Born and raised in the heart of London, Karlla prides her work on culture, femininity and sensuality, creating mental experiences through metaphorical wordplay. Curating poetry events since 2017, she has had the pleasure of hosting for and performing alongside some of the most influential artists on the scene today and she firmly believes that freedom of expression is the gift that keeps on giving. And to expression she gives her all.

SoftSpoken

SoftSpoken has been active on the spoken word scene since 2019, having fallen in love with performance poetry several years before. Using writing as a tool for therapy, he then focused his pieces on expressing his political views, before turning his pen inwards and producing a set of introspective poems. Grief has informed SoftSpoken’s work, especially poems he has performed at Mind Over Matter, Poetical Word, Flo Vortex, Chocolate Poetry Club, Say No More and elsewhere in the London scene. Later in 2019 SoftSpoken co-founded BYOB Poetry as a means to bring the best of the scene to North West London with unprecedented success, and now bringing their show to South London with their new series of events at Croydon. Outside of poetry, Abdulla is a science teacher in Hertfordshire, a husband and a football fan.

Poetcurious

Poetcurious is a hip-hop poet and artist from North West London. Working across a range of disciplines including poetry, photography and painting, Poetcurious explores life and language through a hip-hop lens. 

As co-host of community open mic night Rise Up and monthly Soho Radio show Reaching Out, Poetcurious creatively collaborates to build and sustain platforms for new and established artists to develop and share their craft.

Co-convener of the HipHopEd UK seminar series, Poetcurious facilitates events for educators, academics and artists to explore the possibilities for hip-hop pedagogy in the UK, through participation in the global HipHopEd movement. 

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Insta/twitter: @poetcurious

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