23 - 25 October 2020

New Commission

Caleb Femi

Hosted by Vanessa Kisuule

  • 8
  • Apr




until 8.45pm

Headshot of Caleb Femi

  • Headshot of Caleb Femi

Available to watch until 30 April 2021. The event will be pre-recorded and captioned.

Read Caleb Femi’s All the Dreams Have Anchored Me Here: Lockdown i-iii HERE

A rising star on the British poetry scene, Caleb Femi’s debut collection Poor considers what it is to be a young, working class Black man, living in South London in the 21st Century. One of two poets shortlisted for the 2021 Rathbones Folio Prize, Max Porter describes him as ‘a poet of truth and rage, heartbreak and joy.’ Caleb is a poet and director and has previously been commissioned by organisations including the BBC, Channel 4, Tate Modern and The Guardian. From 2016 – 2018, he was the Young People’s Laureate for London.

In a new commission written especially for Manchester Literature Festival, Caleb will explore the impact of solitude during the pandemic, touching on themes of the inner and physical self, friendship, joy and imagination as a coping tool. Caleb will perform his new poems for the first time, followed by a conversation about his work with fellow poet and host Vanessa Kisuule. This is one of a series of New Commissions supported by an award from the DCMS Culture Recovery Fund and presented in partnership with the Centre for New Writing and Creative Manchester.

Tickets are Pay What You Can £6 / £12 / £20.
Free tickets available for those that need them.

Please pay £6 (low income / concession), £12 (standard ticket) or £20 (per household). Any ticket revenue we receive will help Manchester Literature Festival survive this challenging time and deliver our annual Festival in October 2021. However, if you can't afford to buy a ticket please do join us for free.

You can buy Caleb's collection Poor and other #MLF21 Spring titles directly from our bookshop partner Waterstones HERE.

The Festival will receive a commission on every book sold to help support future programming.