25 January @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Join Rebecca Lenkieweicz, Daljit Nagra and Rachel Long for Paeans: an evening celebrating their influences and inspirations. Each of them will select and present works of art that have been particularly important and transformative for them. Find out who has mattered to them most, whose words they hear in their heads, whose shadow they still can’t escape…
Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s The Night Season premiered at the National Theatre in 2004, received the Critics’ Circle Most Promising Playwright Award and was nominated for the Charles Wintour Evening StandardAward and the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Her Naked Skin premiered at the National Theatre in 2008, the first play by a living female playwright to be staged on the Olivier. She has since written numerous other plays and adapted screenplays. In 2012 she co-wrote the Oscar winning Ida.
Daljit Nagra is an award winning poet. In 2004 his poem “Look We Have Coming to Dover!” won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem, and his first collection of the same name won the 2007 Forward Prize for Best First Collection, was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and won the 2008 South Bank Show / Arts Council Decibel Award. Tippo Sultan’s Incredible White Man Eating Tiget Toy- Machine!!!(2011) and the Ramayana (2013) were both shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. He teaches poetry at Brunel University, London and is Poet In Residence at BBC Radio 4 and 4 extra.
Rachel Long was awarded an Arvon/Jerwood Foundation mentorship for poetry in 2015. Her poems have featured in Butcher’s Dog, Magma, and The London Magazine. She is Assistant Tutor on the Barbican Young Poets programme, and is the leader of Octavia – Poetry Collective for Women of Colour, housed at Southbank Centre.