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Omikemi

Omikemi is a writer based in London. Her work includes the forthcoming play, Medicine (Vital Xposure theatre) and poetry pamphlet, If I talked everything my eyes saw, (Gatehouse Press 2016) shortlisted for the 2017 Michael Marks award. Their writing can be found in Rialto, Ambit, Bloodaxe Ten: poets of a New Generation, among others. She is also a body worker, mentor and is currently researching Black women’s mental health and ancestral medicine as a British Library Eccles Fellow for a new poetry collection.

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Saturn Returns: a choreo-poem exploring loss and longing

Saturn Returns is the debut choreopoem from Igbo heritage artist Sonny Nwachukwu whose creative practice includes theatre, playwriting and poetry. The collection explores the dynamics of loss: longings, reckonings and reconciliations and invites the reader to join the poet in making sense of important life events. Review by Omikemi. Saturn Returns ...

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Signs of Life: Streets of Poetry

Omikemi reflects on Streets of Poetry - a project within SICK! Festival's Mindscapes programme in which Dutch poets Elten Kiene and Sjaan Flikweert, Manchester-based poets Saf Elsenossi and Ella Otomewo have worked with migrant communities to create a collection of new poems that reflect a sense of place and identity. ...

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some kind of light – a map

Omikemi shares a map of their path to finding care The rules: you will get lost. You will learn to distrust yourself. You will become that bird, not the one you confined to skin through gun and ink, but the one with reluctant wings, afraid to trust its element. You will ...

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Reimagining the disability arts aesthetic in relation to healing and repair

Guest Editor, Omikemi argues that our vulnerabilities, needs and desire to repair and heal are potent forces for political action. The creative and healing process has always been close to healing for me, in the sense that both necessitate being led by some other intelligence In the spring I created Way Making, ...

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For All the Women Who Thought They Were Mad

For All the Women Who Thought They Were Mad, written by Zawe Ashton examines 'the myriad of forces that collide and conspire against black women living in contemporary Britain today'. It plays Hackney Showroom's pop-up theatre residency at Stoke Newington Town Hall, London 14 October - 9 November. Review by ...

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