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Warsan Shire Young Poet Laureate for London

How do you capture the way a city makes you feel? The anticipation of getting out into the city while driving over Westminster Bridge, the calm that being close to the River Thames induces, or the sense of time standing still as you relax in the park. Watch and share as Warsan Shire opens her heart and pens an intimate love letter to the capital. In her personal London Story, the latest of her commissions as part of her role as Young Poet Laureate for London, she uses the city as the backdrop for an exploration of her feelings of falling in love.

About Warsan Shire

Warsan Shire is a Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer, editor and educator, based in London. She became the first ever Young Poet Laureate for London in October. She is spending the year creating work that reflects the ever-changing city in the role.

The Young Poet Laureate project is managed by Spread the Word as part of Spoke, a new visionary poetry and Spoken Word programme commissioned by London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC). The project offers young people in London opportunities to watch, perform and develop careers in Spoken Word and performance poetry in and around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Warsan has read her work extensively all over Britain and internationally – including recent readings in South Africa, Italy, Germany, Canada, America and Kenya - and her début work, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth (Flipped Eye), was published in 2011.

Soundtrack: ‘Portal’ by Neil Cowley Trio from the album ‘Radio Silence’

Composed by Neil Cowley.

Published by Eagle-i Music.

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