I want people to feel empowered and electrified when they hear my poems. While writing I aimed to highlight everyday decisions that indirectly impact the climate while also empowering and encouraging to hold people in power responsible for their neglect of the earth.
Cherry is a London-based writer, director, performer, and spoken-word poet. She is interested in creating work that is relevant, empowering, electric, and blurs boundaries between disciplines.
This piece explores the journey of our beloved Coffee and Chocolate, and how we become complacent to the accessibility of these resources in our everyday lives.
Lashay, (21) is a poet, spoken word artist, writer, and playwright from North-West London. She recently completed a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. Her past creative engagements include the Kiln Theatre, in which she wrote a short play Eulogies written entirely in spoken word. Her writing expresses image and identity, mental-health, and wellbeing.
My poem attempts to localise the climate crisis. It highlights the tension between indigenous knowledge and detached news headlines that dominate our screens. It issues a prayer as an alternative solution.
Eileen Gbagbo is a spoken word artist and journalist based in London. Originally from Ghana, she is interested in how we use the boundaries of language to help understand the historical and phenomenon of the world.
My two poems at Cece’s Speakeasy and are a satirical comment on the privilege of colour and explore the themes of power and access through the objects of coffee, chocolate, and Tiramisu in a climate change context.
Bhumika Billa is an emerging poet based in Cambridge (UK) and Delhi (India). Her poetry engages with the themes of gender, mental health, heritage, climate justice, and dance. She has previously performed at the UK UniSlam, Toronto Poetry Slam, and Airplane Poetry Movement among others. Outside poetry, she is a Kathak dancer, an author, and a legal researcher at the University of Cambridge.
My piece focuses on the scale of ‘extinction’ and how this impacts us as people, our communities and the world at large. It invites us to look beyond what we know but also look within and around us to see what needs to change.
Anneliese has been writing & performing spoken word poetry for almost five years. Having grown up and lived in Ghana, London and now Essex, the themes of her work centre mainly around her upbringing, race, religion & current affairs.