Tea & Words

Inua Ellams

Online Event
Tue 29 Sep
15:30 UK
Free, ticketed

Settle down with a cup of something warm and listen to a 15-minute reading from one of a carefully selected group of writers. Many of them are award-winning, all of them are ground-breaking. What better way to spend your afternoon tea break?

Today, Inua Ellams reads from his epic story in verse, The Half-God of Rainfall, a lyrical exploration of pride, power and female revenge. (15 min approx.) There is something about Demi. When this boy is angry, rain clouds gather. When he cries, rivers burst their banks and the first time he takes a shot on a basketball court, the deities of the land take note. Only the women in Demi’s life, the mothers, daughters and goddesses, will stand between him and a lightning bolt.

Inua Ellams is the award-winning poet and playwright behind the critically acclaimed play Barber Shop Chronicles. He is an ambassador for the Ministry of Stories and his published books of poetry include Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars, Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales, The Wire-Headed Heathen, and #Afterhours. Barber Shop Chronicles sold out two runs at England’s National Theatre and toured worldwide.


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