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May 21st: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2021

Join us for a day of celebration, stimulating talks, new connections and poetry as we come to the end of our Diversity Festival. 

From lunchtime poetry, to tea and cake, to inspiring talks, thereis something for everyone.

Sign up below for your free ticket for the day! All the events are free and you’re welcome to join us for as many or few of them as you wish.

10am-12.30: Talks including:

11:30: Deirdre Figueiredo, MBE, Director of Craftspace.

"A people’s art is the genesis of their freedom" 

The lecture will reflect on this slogan 60 years later in the midst of a global pandemic and racial injustice highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement.

1.1.30pm: Lunchtime Poetry-writing

2.30-3.30: Diverse Tea and Cake Conversation Cafe
Taking tea together has been a traditional way to bridge divisions, across centuries and around the world. This Café is a chance to meet people from different backgrounds and enjoy tea and cake together (or whatever else you prefer to bring along to your desk). We’ll provide a light conversation menu so that nobody will be lost for words.

4-4.30: Last-chance Saloon Poetry-writing session 

7-8.30: Poetry Slam
Turn on your fairy lights and put on your favourite Poetry Lounge-wear for a magical evening of poetry presented by Linden Walcott-Burton. 

Linden is an actor, director, producer and workshop facilitator. Having grown up in Dudley, he now splits his time between London and the Midlands, having worked with companies such as the National Theatre and National Youth Theatre. He most recently worked on HBO/Punchdrunk's 'The Third Day: Autumn' starring Jude Law (nominated for a BAFTA TV - Live Event award, 2021), and was formerly the producer of the UK's most prominent free actor's showcase, 'MonologueSlamUK'. 

If you would like to share your words at the Poetry Slam, please complete this form. Please note that we may not be able to include all submissions and will let you know if you will be asked to read by 6pm on Friday evening. We hope that if you are not included you will still come along!  

We suggest submitting a short piece of writing. All readers will have a maximum time limit of 3 minutes so if your poem is longer, please select just a part of it to read. 

ALL submissions, not just those read on the night, will be considered for the Poetry Slam First Prize which is a Lifetime Membership of the WEA!