In May 2014, Maya Angelou, the African American writer, singer, and activist famous for iconic poems like Still I Rise and On the Pulse of Morning, died at her home in North Carolina.
Five years on, Brighton Festival celebrates her life and work through an unmissable hybrid show of poetry and songs from the Porgy & Bess songbook headlined by Black British writer, singer and activist Zena Edwards. With Zena will be the poets Hibaq Osman, Annie Hayter and Bridget Minamore, performing work that reflects Maya Angelou’s themes of identity, womanhood, family and ‘survival with grace and faith’.
This event has had a change of line up. Laurie Ogden will be replaced by BBC Proms Young Poet 2011, Barbican Young Poet 2017-2018 and Jazz Verse Jukebox alumnus, Annie Hayter.