Malika’s Poetry Kitchen

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Little, Brown Book Group

Join Little, Brown Book Group and Hannah Gordon and Janett Plummer from Malika’s Poetry Kitchen celebrating the publication of the collection Too Young, Too Loud, Too Different: Poems from Malika’s Poetry Kitchen.

In the early years of the new millennium, poets Malika Booker and Roger Robinson saw the need for a space for writers outside of the establishment to grow, improve, discuss and learn. One Friday night, Malika offered her Brixton kitchen table as a meeting place. And so Malika’s Poetry Kitchen was born.

‘Kitchen’, as it became known, has ushered in a new generation of voices, launching some of the most exciting writers, books and initiatives in British poetry in the past twenty years.

Too Young, Too Loud, Too Different is a celebration of Kitchen’s legacy, an appreciation of its foundational spirit and a rallying cry for all writers to dream the future. We are joined by two of the poets – Hannah Gordon and Janett Plummer to discuss their journey to becoming a poet, their friendship forged through Kitchen and they will be performing poems both from the collection and their extensive work.
Hannah Gordon is a poet, teacher and facilitator who has been a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen for two years. She was a host of Spoken Word London and co-led their 2019 Anti-Hate festival. She is the founder and chief facilitator of Word Up’s Words Down writing group and was selected for the inaugural Mid-Career Poets program at the Roundhouse. Her poetry has been published in various anthologies and she has performed at events all over London, in Paris and New York.

Janett Plummer is the recipient of a Royal Society of Authors Literature Matters award and has been shortlisted for the London short story prize. A micro-fiction winner, and commended short story slam finalist, she is also the winner of four poetry slam titles. Janett is the founder of Inspired Word, a women survivor’s organisation, promoting poetry’s therapeutic qualities.

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