Chelping #17 | Amy Acre & Abdullah Adekola on 16 Jun

Join us in the stunning surrounds of 254-year-old The Leeds Library for one of Leeds’ leading poetry nights! The 17th installment of ‘Chelping’ stars Amy Acre and Abdullah Adekola, plus open mic hosted by Matt Abbott.

Previous headliners have included internationally renowned performers such as recent T.S. Eliot Prize winner Joelle Taylor, Sabrina Mahfouz, Anthony Anaxagorou, and Theresa Lola. We’ve also had nationally renowned poets including Cecilia Knapp, Jess Green, and Toby Campion.

Chelping #17 on Thursday 16 June 2022

Tickets are available here for just £5.

AMY ACRE

Amy Acre

Amy Acre is a poet and freelance writer from London, and the editor of Bad Betty Press. Her pamphlets And They Are Covered in Gold Light (Bad Betty, 2019) and Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads (flipped eye, 2015) were each chosen as a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice.

Her poem ‘every girl knows’ won the 2019 Verve Poetry Competition. She featured on The Last Dinosaur’s 2020 track, ‘In The Belly of a Whale’, streamed over 600,000 times on Spotify. In 2021, she wrote and recorded Radio 4’s The Ballad of the Bet; a BBC Pick of the Week. Her debut collection, Mothersong, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2023.

ABDULLAH ADEKOLA

Abdullah Adekola

Abdullah Adekola is a writer and performer, based in Leeds, UK. He was selected for the New Creatives North talent development program by Arts Council England and BBC Arts. A proud Black and British and working-class artist, he believes you should tell your story or risk being ignored or misrepresented.

Adekola is interested in decolonisation, creative wellbeing, social justice, mental health recovery, and healthy masculinities. He tries to be playful, curious, and kind. Adekola is a board member of the David Oluwale Memorial Association.

OPEN MIC

These 3-minute slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email eyup@mattabbottpoet.com to reserve yours!