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Kat François
Kat is a well‐known performance poet on the UK and global scene. She was the first person to win a televised poetry slam competition in the UK, BBC3 TV Slam. That gave her the platform to compete in the World Poetry Slam Championship in Rotterdam the following year where she was crowned 2005 World Slam Champion. Her first written collection of poetry, Rhyme and Reason, was published in 2008, and she has released a spoken word album, Blessed By Words, and been published in a number of poetry magazines and anthologies. As resident poet at Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London, Kat hosts and organises a monthly poetry and music night called Word4Word. It was here that Kat, ensuring a bar audience respected poets on stage, grew and crafted a natural talent for asserting herself through comedy. Kat has also written two solo works for the stage: Seven Times Me and Raising Lazarus. She is also an educator and has 20 years experience working with young people as a youth worker, workshop leader and PHSE facilitator. Kat uses poetry, drama and creative writing to reach young people and adults; she teaches in schools, colleges, universities, youth clubs, homeless hostels, pupil referral units, and young offenders institutes.

Spoken Word: Fusion



Featuring a discussion on the fusion of spoken word with dance, theatre, music, performance art, and other practices, this workshop will draw from the experience and insights of artists whose interdisciplinary work has pushed boundaries. International and Canadian spoken word artists and presenters explain their experiences and challenges navigating the world of spoken word cultural movements locally and abroad. In the vein of griot practice, these innovators have embraced a range of expressive media to add dimension to their work in captivating audiences with their stories.

Panelists: Kat Francois, Winston Farrell, Rachael Collymore, Kym Dominique-Ferguson and Komi Olaf

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